The Social Distancing Rule, by Ana Marie Dollano

My husband Henry and I were running late for work at the hospital when an officer, arms akimbo, advanced towards us at the checkpoint where he suddenly flashed his large palms and motioned STOP! GET OFF THE MOTORCYCLE!

“Officer?” Henry said, stunned.

“Sir! Back-riding is NOT allowed under ECQ — Social Distancing Rule.”

Ticked off, Henry engaged the officer in a fiery argument..

“Where’s YOUR common sense, Officer?”

“No exceptions, sir!”

“I’m afraid you misunderstand—”

“Sir. Comply or I issue a violation ticket. Sir! You’d better hit the road, you’re holding up the line. Ma’am, I suggest— you start walking.”


From: Friday Flash Fiction


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