Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by Ronda Del Boccio.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
This virus is not new.
It has been around, in various forms, for centuries.
It thrives in very different countries, regardless of the wealth, or otherwise, of the people.
It is an insidious, creeping evil.
Our leaders do nothing to eliminate it.
Their edicts sometimes appear to encourage its spread.
They seem to be happy to oversee the misery it causes, the poverty and death that follow so naturally.
The strange thing is that this illness is man-made.
And it has many names.
A mild form is Nationalism.
Much more virulent is Nazism.
But nowadays the most common is jingoism.