Prompt: jack | Word Count: 250 words exactly | Genre: flash fiction
May 14, 2020
“Has anybody heard from Jack?” Erin asked the Zoom group.
One by one the participants said no, shaking their heads.
Erin sighed. “I’ll try to reach him then.”
Later, she rang his phone but got no answer. So she donned her sneakers and set off to his house at the end of the street.
Jack was the older gentlemen who alone. He’d always been very social prior to the pandemic. She worried that he hadn’t been in touch for a couple of weeks.
She rang his bell, and waited. After a suitable period she pressed the bell again and followed it up with a loud rap, rap, rap.
Just as she was preparing to really pound on the door, she heard shuffling on the other side.
“Who is it?” queried a scratchy voice.
“Jack? Is that you? It’s Erin from down the block. I just wanted to see if you were ok.”
The door creaked slowly open and through the crack she saw Jack bundled up in his bathrobe and pulling on a mask. “Erin? It’s nice to see you. Why are you here?”
“How’re you doing Jack? Nobody’s heard from you, so we thought we’d check in to see if you need anything.”
“That’s mighty kind of you, Erin. I’m just fine. But would you mind terribly if I call you later?”
“Okay, Jack. I’ll wait for your call.”
As the door was closing she heard a women call out, “Who was it Jack?”
Erin walked away smiling.