#Flashfiction – Shield your face

April 9, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that declares, shield your face. It can be a knight of old, a doctor, or a senior citizen. What is the circumstance? Who makes the declaration? Go where the prompt leads!

Thank you, Charli, here is my piece:

Frustration washes over Cathy, and she concentrates on keeping her voice steady. A shaking voice will be misinterpreted as anxiety. Thank goodness this meeting is virtual, and she can hide behind her computer with the camera off. Nobody can see her face which is suffused with blood. She has never been good at disguising anger and strong emotion.

The facts are decisive, and she can’t understand this lengthily argument against the obvious answer. Then it strikes her. This discussion has nothing to do with logic or getting to the right answer. It has to do with pandering to fear.

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43 thoughts on “#Flashfiction – Shield your face

    1. You have worked in corporate, Jim. I am sure you know that risk assessments, saving face, egos and protecting your own skin are the factors which drive many outcomes, even when the facts are obvious. I find it very difficult when people fly in the face of logic and the obvious, it makes me feel as if I am missing something. People must just admit that their decision or view is due to fear and nothing to do with the facts.

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      1. Thanks, Robbie, for clearing things up.

        I agree that many decisions are fear-based, since most people have such an aversion to loss, and will often times act irrationally as a result. Dan Arielly and other behavioral economists have written quite a bit about loss aversion.

        Have a great weekend!

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  1. You wrote a great scene that so many could relate to — turning off the camera for a virtual meeting. Yet you pushed deeper to explore the root and ended up with a nugget of truth. Well done!

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  2. It seems that everywhere there is a ‘news’ outlet fear is pandered.
    I find it interesting that even the Covid 19 information sites recommend limiting the ‘media’.

    Very good to the prompt. Be well, Jules

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