Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: challenge ~ mystify ~ hospital ~ creepy ~ cafeteria
They were submitted by: http://batteredhope.blogspot.
The doctor slumped down in his chair completely wiped out and scared. What is going on? Why is this happening? It seemed like a normal day yesterday and now the hospital was packed with patients all suffering from the same symptoms and all close to death. The CDC was on their way, but he knew the symptoms would mystify them as well.
Flynn Mitchell wanted to cry, he couldn’t watch another person die. He couldn’t tell another family member he didn’t know what it was and what to do. Sure, at first it was a challenge to find a cure and be the hero doctor. Now he prayed this was all a horrific nightmare that he would wake up from.
His door flew open and Nurse Jill Sandrom ran in. “I might have a clue. It seems they all ate from the hospital cafeteria then got sick within twenty-four hours. They were here Flynn. The cafeteria got them sick.”
Doctor Flynn jumped up and tried to process it all. “Are you saying the cafeteria poisoned them? On purpose or by accident?”
Nurse Jill shook her head and started to cry. “There is a new food supplier in the cafeteria. I forget their name, but a big company that is fighting GMO labeling. They keep saying all those chemicals are safe, but now everyone seems to be dying. I thought only the crazy and delusional hippies were fighting for organic and NON-GMO foods. What if they were right all along?”
Flynn tries to breathe and stay focused as he realizes he got his breakfast there this morning. What if? It can’t be. Without warning he his stomach cramps and he falls forward on his knees in response to the pain. “I ate there this morning.”
Nurse Jill screamed as she ran out of the room. “Oh my God. We’re all going to die. They are poisoning us.”
Before she could run to the phone to call her sister she was stopped by a tall, creepy man in a black suit. He loomed over her while holding the phone down. She was going to push him away but then saw the label on his suit. He was one of them. He worked for that company that she now knew was poisoning people. Looking around, they were everywhere and two walked into the doctor’s office and closed the door. All she could hear was Doctor Flynn’s screams of agony.
Jill backed away, but the man in the suit shook his finger. “Have a fruit smoothie. It’s good for you. It will make you feel better. I made it fresh this morning, nothing better than factory fresh fruit.” He held up the silver container as the blank expression on his face turned to an expression of pure evil.
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado
Spatulas on Parade
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
Southern Belle Charm
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Confessions of a part-time working mom
Someone Else’s Genius
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
The Angrivated Mom