Prompt: plunge | Word Count: 150 words exactly | Genre: flash fiction

May 30, 2020

As deaths from the virus started to plunge, Annie prepared to reopen her life and her business. First, she contacted her regular customers to let them know when she would be opening. Next, she amassed sufficient stock of masks, gloves and sanitizer to keep things sanitized. She designed attractive signage to advise customers of the new measures and rearranged her store to allow ample room for a reduced clientele to social distance. She placed tape markers on the floor to aid this process. Two days before opening she drove through a COVID testing line to get a test that would allow her to provide as much assurance as she could to her customers. She needed the income, but at reduced volumes, she wasn’t sure it would suffice. Still, on the theory that something’s better than nothing, she squared her shoulders, turned her sign to “Open,” and hoped for the best.

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