We Go Into Quarantine
Note: This has a happy ending. I couldn't have written this if it didn't.
Alice did the math first. The name of the medical conference not only rang a bell, it set off alarms. Before she could reach out to anyone involved, she got a call from Fr. Jonathan. Yes, the leader of Dylan's teen group had been at the conference. He quarantined himself in the apartment/office over his detached garage. Even though he'd requested a test, there were none available, so all he could do was apologize and recommend everyone he'd come in contact with do the same.
Alice's mind rushed as she called Jeffrey at his office. She heard the click of the speaker phone as he answered.
"Wassup, Bunny?" he asked.
"Take me off speaker phone, please." She sighed. They were two weeks into March and she thought things were accelerating at a scary pace. As far as she was concerned, Jeffrey was a little too into the manana mindset in spite of the increasingly alarming news.
"What's wrong, hun?"
"Dylan may have been exposed." Both of them went quiet. Alice could hear the faint noise of Downtown Louisville traffic. Then she heard Jeffrey take the breath he'd forgotten to draw a few seconds ago.
"What... The...? The Chinese flu thing? Okay. We need to just do what we need to do. What do we need to do? How did this happen?"
As Alice started to answer, Dylan and Justin walked through the back door. Alice turned toward them and shouted, "Grab you something to eat and go to your rooms."
They looked confused.
"Mama, did we do something?" Dylan's voice trailed off as he saw the expression on Alice's face.
Alice took a deep breath. "Nobody is in trouble. Please, just grab something from the kitchen and go to your rooms and shut the door. We will talk about this. Please."
The boys went to their rooms and shut their doors. Jeffery cleared his throat.
"We have to figure out how we're going to do this," said Alice. "Lucky for us, we have your mother's place and The Grand Canyon won out over central heat and air last year."
Alice shook her head and looked around the dining room. "I think things are about to change for good. All I can say right now is we have a lot to be thankful for. Come home as soon as you can."