Day 110 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Make your character sick.
Shannon: “You okay,” I questioned. “You’ve been sleeping all day. Do you think you need to go in to the doctor?” He looked disoriented and cold as he snuggled into the couch with the blanket he’d been keeping around his shoulders.
“No I can beat it,” he whispered, barely keeping his eyes open. “I don’t want to go anywhere.”
“Why are you so afraid of going to the doctor? They can only help,” I reminded him.
He shook his head slightly. “I’m not afraid of getting better, or seeing the doctor. I just don’t like what it means if I’m sitting in the waiting room with handful of other sick people.”
“What’s does it mean?”
He turned to his back. “It means I need help to get my body back under control.” He sighed. “That’s not an easy thing for me to accept.”
Erin: The first time that I was sick and on my own, I didn’t know what to do. I’m the type of person who is crippled with pain in their illness. But there is only so long that a person can lay in bed and cry.
I found out that my record is 2 days. Excluding trips to the bathroom obviously. After that period of time my stomach growling overrides my pain. I squirm to the kitchen. Once I make that progress I’m empowered to do so much more.
I ingest medicine as well. I progress from saltines to full blown chicken soup and tea. I dress, and eventually I shower. I steam out some of my toxin. Then when I start to feel better I am unstoppable and can go about my day almost as normal.
Your character is not feeling well, how does that manifest?