I'm sorry, but your seem to have forgotten your mask.

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Living with restrictions can be a challenge. This is a look at one side of the C-19 precautions.

I’m sorry, but you seem to have forgotten your mask.


The world is open again.  We can go anywhere, and we can do anything.  Well, almost.  There are a few restrictions, but don’t those just apply to the areas where C-19 is a problem?  I mean really.  It has been three months and not a single one of my friends has been sick, even a little bit.  Me neither.  So why can’t we just do what we always did before?

I know why, really, I do.  It’s because someone in the government is scared.  Scared of what might be instead of looking at what really is happening.  I hear it on the news every day.  This is only the first wave.  There might be a second wave, even worse.  We must do this now to be safe later.  Blah, blah, blah.  Maybe the sun will explode tomorrow, and we won’t have to worry about any of this.

Yeah, I do the “social distancing” thing.  I never wanted to be that close to most of the people I see anyway.  Now I don’t have to let any of them near me.  That’s just fine.  So many are really gross and smell.  Yuck.  The further away the better, bozo.  Make that ten feet instead of six.

It’s funny watching people avoid each other.  Side stepping to let someone pass just so they don’t have to get too close.  And the people wearing masks are the worst.  They act like they are better than anyone without a mask.  Righteous ass holes.  All they are is scared, like those people on the news. Nobody can even decide if those stupid masks do any good either.  Wear one because it can’t hurt is the best idea that they can come up with.  What about my face breaking out or me being oxygen deprived?

I’m going to walk proudly through the aisles and let those other people get out of my way.  No mask for me.  I’m not sick and I know it.  Just move aside if you don’t like it.  This is my space and you can just stay out of it.

That is when it happened.  She stepped into my space, directly in front of me.  Eyes staring directly at mine.  Mask covering her face from below her eyes to below her chin.  Plain, pale-blue, surgical mask.

“I’m sorry, but you seem to have forgotten your mask.”

Caught off guard, I stammered for words and then replied, “I don’t wear a mask.  I’m not sick.”

“Here, you wear a mask, or you don’t come in.  Do you need a mask?”

I looked down at the young woman standing not two feet in front of me.  She now had her arms crossed over her chest and stood firmly with both feet spread apart.  “Are you serious?”

She didn’t respond but simply stood there in front of me, blocking the only entrance.  I heard the customers behind me begin to whisper among themselves.  I glanced over my shoulder and saw four people waiting in line, spread apart, standing on the circles, staring at me, all wearing masks.

I looked back and she had a mask dangling by the ear loop from her gloved hand.  I wondered if she was smirking behind her mask, knowing that I either took the mask or turned around.  I hesitated for a few seconds, then took the mask, turned, and left.

I won.  I didn’t wear the mask.  I’ll find another store, one that doesn’t enforce those stupid rules. And I have another free mask to add to my collection.





Submitted: June 17, 2020

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Derina Peng

Ha, Dr. Rat, you got that issue too. When I step out, I will have to wear mask, and glove even, as part of work restriction and all the sterilization procedures. It is kind of stupid and troublesome, but in another hand, I never feel that healthy before when they are put in. All my allergies are not bothering me during this period.
Once one is contracted the c-19, the organ damages are irreversible. Stay clean and protected is what I would say. It is winter here, mask can keep my face warm. But I know you are in summer...I know what you mean.

Thu, June 18th, 2020 1:07am


Hi and thanks for the read. I just find that all of this needs to be taken with a bit of humor. Serious all the time does nothing but make us afraid of ourselves. I added one more line to the end of the story. Let me know if you like it.

Wed, June 17th, 2020 9:18pm

Derina Peng

Cool! That brings the tone up for sure. Hope you got a nice cute pictured one, I have several mask collection too. I only used the disposable ones.

Thu, June 18th, 2020 4:21am


Good. I tried to put myself in the position of someone who really didn't take any of this seriously.

Wed, June 17th, 2020 9:34pm

Luna Abbot

Summer allergies will be fun. :|

Thu, June 18th, 2020 1:10pm


No doubt on that. Thanks for the read and the comments.

Thu, June 18th, 2020 7:18am

Jobe Rubens

This has ALL been about social-engineering. In other words, a test run. And because it's never been done on this scale before, the idiots behind the agenda have underestimated the clever members of the mob. Too many people've sussed what they were up to. So now they want everything back to normal - get people back into work, distracted, tired, focused on their lives again so they don't ask the big questions. Masks are zippers to gag you - stop you from communicating. This is the global elite having fun at your expense - laughing at you literally falling in line. It's just a movie they're trying to make you believe in. And they were using very basic psychology. IT MADE ME LAUGH.

Thu, June 18th, 2020 3:26pm


Thanks for the read and thanks for the comments. I was hoping to get a few people to laugh during a time when we are constantly bombarded with chaos and negativity.

Thu, June 18th, 2020 11:38am

Mike S.

I disagree with you, a dangerous belief, but a good write, rat

Thu, June 18th, 2020 4:40pm


Trust me, I wear a mask anytime I am close to people, but I see so many without that i just know that there has to be some illogical humor behind their beliefs. Thanks for the read.

Thu, June 18th, 2020 11:35am

Mike S.

Well, glad to hear you still wear a mask, my bad, and I do understand it's a challenge, but I don't understand those who not only don't wear a mask, they mock those who do; starting with the president

Thu, June 18th, 2020 7:30pm


A few weeks ago, I was following two women into the grocery store and overheard one say to the other, "Isn't it great that President Trump finally got rid of that virus." Then the real stunner was, on the same day, I overheard a boy ask his father why people were still wearing masks, and the father's reply was, "because they're stupid." That happened on the first day that anything began to reopen. It has really gone downhill since then.

Thu, June 18th, 2020 12:53pm


Some wear masks over here, but the majority don't. I know that they are compulsory on public transport and in 'crowded shopping areas'. Social distancing is more of a thing with the stores floors all marked out to make it easier.
I enjoyed the read, ratwood2.

Fri, June 19th, 2020 7:19pm


Glad you enjoyed the short story. I wanted to add a little humor to a rather depressing time.

Fri, June 19th, 2020 8:09pm

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