As predicted

Photo curtsy of Ted Strutz

Few have seen it and none survived to tell, but out in the ocean wave after wave broke on the white reef. A reef that has been polished by countless waves, polished but never damaged, until today. A submarine hit the reef. The resulting sonic wave penetrated into the heart of it. Rousing a dormant virus. Not since the time of the dinosaurs, had this virus cared whether it travelled the planet. However the sound of the submarines impact, stirred the virus. Pulsating it throbbed into life. Undeniably now alive, it sought hosts. It is time to leave.

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This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    Chilling, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil, it was an image that spoke of leaving.

  2. Colline

    This is a scary thought. And the perfect introduction to a fast-paced novel.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Colline, if only I could write such a novel…

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    It’s definitely time to leave. Imaginative story.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Rochelle, I was too late last week…

  4. pennygadd51

    I like the way you’ve thought of the mechanics of the awakening of your virus. Are you also linking your story with the coronavirus, via the fish market? Nice work, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Possibly Penny, although I also had a much much older story in mind.

  5. Keith's Ramblings

    This does not bode well, I’m outa here!

    Here’s mine!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Are you heading for the space station too.

  6. Na'ama Yehuda

    oy … I think I have a sudden urge for a hazmat suit … 😉

    1. Michael Humphris

      Can I have a green suit please,

      1. Na'ama Yehuda

        🙂 Green? Not blinding-banana-yellow? 😉

  7. msjadeli

    A random act with momentous ripples. I like the way you built the tension.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much,

      1. msjadeli

        You’re very welcome.

  8. Iain Kelly

    We’re being attacked from everywhere! Nice level of threat in there Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain

  9. bearmkwa

    Oh, so that’s where the Coronavirus orginated. Good one, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The appearance of recent viruses, begs the question, how and why they appear.

      1. bearmkwa

        That, it does. With the melting of the glaciers…one does wonder.

  10. plaridel

    prognostic is bad. it looks like there’s no place to go.

    1. Michael Humphris

      If there is no place to hide, perhaps we should face difficulties head on.

  11. tedstrutz

    Interesting take on this prompt. A friend in Sweden took this photo and I liked it knowing some good stories would come. You can see her work here…

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was a fascinating photograph, and so worthy of good stories. I will keep a eye open for her photography

  12. Dale

    Hope they get out in time…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Dale, I do not think that it will be all that easy.

  13. Tannille

    This actually sounds plausible.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Then I am pleased, thank you Tannille

  14. Sandra

    Chillingly topical, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly that is true, thank you Sandra

  15. draliman

    Yeeks. And it could happen too.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Geeks is right, thank you Draliman

  16. granonine

    Yes, time to leave—but to go —where? No place left to run to!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly no place to run is likely to be right.

  17. Brenda's Thoughts

    I agree, definitely time to leave. It’s chilling that there is no place to go. Well-written, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Brenda, thank you

  18. Liz Young

    We’ve both got viruses on the mind!

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is hard not to, Linda.

  19. Nobbinmaug

    That’s pretty terrifying. Good job of unfolding your story.

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