Piccadilly was my favourite bit of London, a hub of continental cafes, art gallery aficionados, St James-in-the-fields church, standing for generations, hosting the best bric-a brac sales, til the Great Lockdown.
We were exiled, our homes become our shrunken worlds policed by fear. Through my casement window I stared at the empty street. Crumbs of comfort came from friends’ calls, until we were set free, to meet in person, wearing a mask of course, keeping two metres distance. A friend for coffee is a sunburst from a grey sky. Reconnection brings new joy. Dare I hope ?
Thanks to dear Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Roger Bultot for the photo.
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November 30, 2021 at 11:00 am
We can all relate to this, and may well have to revisit the scenario after this week’s news.
December 5, 2021 at 6:15 pm
Thanks for your comment Sandra, much appreciated. I agree, the risk still isn’t far away.
November 29, 2021 at 6:04 pm
So well written. A story we can all relate to.
December 5, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Thanks you Rochelle , glad you liked the story.
November 27, 2021 at 9:41 pm
Great description in this sentence: ‘We were exiled, our homes become our shrunken worlds policed by fear.’ Well told account of lockdown and our subsequent tentative release.
December 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Thank you Penny, so pleased you liked the story. It is a theme of our lives at the moment, isn’t it.
November 27, 2021 at 5:27 am
It was so lovely and quiet back then for a while.
December 5, 2021 at 6:37 pm
Thanks for your reflection Ali. I remember one day in the lockdown where there were no cars on the road at all.
November 27, 2021 at 2:57 am
Definitely good to be able to go places again. No doubt. Even if there has to be social distancing involved at times.
December 5, 2021 at 6:44 pm
Thanks for your comment. More freedoms are welcome aren’t they.
November 26, 2021 at 5:47 pm
Probably most of us can relate to your story. Without hope we have nothing.
December 5, 2021 at 6:45 pm
Thanks for your reflections Keith. I do agree with you.
December 5, 2021 at 6:50 pm
I agree with you Keith, thanks.
November 26, 2021 at 5:03 pm
Good storytelling . If things like this have to happen it’s always good to see them put to such good advantage
December 5, 2021 at 6:51 pm
Thanks Larry, I’m glad you liked the story.
November 26, 2021 at 3:57 pm
And lived to tell about it. Well done.
December 5, 2021 at 6:53 pm
Thanks for your comment, much appreciated Bill.
November 26, 2021 at 2:56 pm
I remember that feeling of strangeness when we first ventured out again
December 5, 2021 at 6:58 pm
Thanks for your comment Neil, I agree it was unlike anything else we had experienced.