General Fiction posted July 21, 2021


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A woman panics when quarantine threatens her affair scheme.

The COVID Affair

by Benjamin Clayton


Cunningness brewed; she fancied the aroma.
The implications were naughty.

Unexpected, abrupt, and immediately impactful, the quarantine stifled the plan.

All justifications, contrivances and pretexts suddenly halted.

Unintentional displays of night sweats and daylight shakes were inevitably unavoidable.

Signs of addiction, symptoms of withdrawal.
A novel genesis revealing an antediluvian predicament.

Had her husband Gabe surmised the truth, or misconstrued the manifestations as viral?

Misperception was preferable.
Confession was premature.

Paranoia arrived to the soiree of mental misfit celebrities.

He'd abandoned her.

Stephanie's misconceived assumptions proved innacurate.

The unmistakable notification resonated from her phone.

It was Jonathan! She could breathe.



100 Word Flash Fiction contest entry


First attempt at word flash. Limiting wordiness was a challenge.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Artwork by Sean T Phelan at FanArtReview.com

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