Alice had run out of toilet paper, so she went down to the gully to take care of her business, as here she could leave a stink and the jasmine would cover it up. Alice blamed China for the toilet paper shortage, as this was their plan from the start, to destroy the American way of life. China mishandled the outbreak, they delayed their initial response and they withheld information from the rest of the world. Alice saw her president as a man who she would always worship, and since he was pointing his fingers at China, they must be guilty. Eight weeks ago, Alice had 10 rolls of toilet paper and she figured that was fine, but times got bad and it started flying off store shelves and now all she can do is wonder when the store shelves will be restocked again.
Alice understood that demand was outpacing supply, but nobody seemed to know when it would be available again. Toilet paper doesn’t kill the coronavirus, as the COVID-19 disease is a respiratory infection, not a stomach bug that necessitates frequent trips to the bathroom. Alice was in a rage after being in lockdown and now having to take a dump without any toilet paper to wipe with was becoming the final indignity. She never thought this shortage would still be going on and she wondered why her president had not solved this yet. Was this cypher so complex, that nobody would ever unmask what is behind it, or would this all disappear like a miracle as her president promised that it would?
Alice frequently experienced bowel control problems, so she stretched out in the gully with her legs spread apart to slowly tighten and pull up her sphincter muscles to take some of the pressure off the area around her anus. She was ready to squat now and she brought an old sock to wipe herself off with. The days of Alice having feelings like life would return to normal were becoming far and few between and she wondered if she could ever be able to buy toilet paper again, and if she could, would that would be enough for her to feel normal again. Alice could still remember when she had a normal life, but that memory was slowly fading. She continued with her business as she thought silently to herself reflecting, “What does a return to “normal” look like for you?”
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Cypher, for the Daily Spur prompt – Sock, for FOWC with Fandango – Rage, for the Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda’s Go Dog Go Café Tuesday Writing Prompt – What does a return to “normal” look like for you?, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Nekneeraj’s Photo Challenge #314, for May Writing Prompts – The days of Alice, for Ragtag Community – Unmask, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Worship Remember Bad and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jasmine.