99 word prompt : a year later

March 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that takes place a year later. It can be any year. Explore the past year or another significant passing of time to a character. Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH


Dogs cuddle with me as I sleep, my coon cat purrs.  This is life!

For an entire year, I walked outside and never once bumped into another person.  No one tried to shake my hand or force a touch. And now…

“There is no mask mandate, and all restrictions are rescinded,” the newsmaker said.  “Hug at will!”

One step outside, and a neighbor rushed toward me, arms outstretched.

“Don’t hug me!”  I yelled.

“Then you need it all the more!”

Slamming the door in her face, I swore, “Never again will I suffer through other people’s idea of normal.”