Sick Note, by Bruce Arbuckle

He was always ill, or claimed to be. If a bug or virus was going around he’d be infected. He’d call her from his bed, voice croaking, telling her he would have to take yet another day off work. This time, outdoing himself, he’s caught a disease she’d made up.

A 50-word story written by Bruce Arbuckle, inspired by the Freewriters Writing Prompt on Hive, “made-up syndrome”

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