L: Dreading Day Zero

Only three days to go. Day Zero. Apr 16 2018. I scrub my hands under the flowing water. But it isn’t enough. The water flow slows to a trickle. I feel short of breath, like I might collapse. Forty seconds later, the tap runs dry. I cannot run out of water. Not now. Not when I still have twelve vessels to be filled. I have bathed thrice today but it isn’t enough. I look at the veins in my arm, throbbing hard. Jesus converted water to wine. If only I could convert blood to water, I would kill for it.

Loutrophilia is a condition, one in which individuals are obsessed with the act of bathing or washing themselves, often scrubbing themselves raw. Events like Day Zero, a day on which taps would run dry – a real threat that looms large on the horizon, could cause extreme anxiety for loutrophiles – more than that for an average human.

Pic Credit: Ujuh
This post is written as part of a 100 word microfiction series for the A2Z Blogging Challenge.
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  1. For some reason this reminded me of the series Monk!

    1. Have watched. But glad it reminded you of an established series! :)


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