Edward Moffat joined the army and went off to fight in the mud and gore of
. He miraculously survived the whole thing and came home a hero, only to be struck down by Spanish Flu in an epidemic that wiped out a great number of those who had managed to live through the fighting. France
Edward Moffat is a very minor character in my latest attempt at a novel. His entire tale takes little more than two paragraphs but his death is relevant to the ongoing story.
Spanish Flu was the same strain (H1N1) as the bird flu that hit last year. Unlike most strains of flu (and other diseases) it hit the young and healthy and left the old and frail relatively untouched. In a world that had just suffered massive losses among its young generation because of the 1914-18 war, the deaths were felt particularly badly. The first cases were reported in late 1918 and the disease continued to spread around the world for two years. In spite of the name there is no evidence to prove that it started in Spain.
FFF55 is a weekly challenge to tell a story in just 55 words. It's hosted by the G-Man over at Mr. Knowitall Go visit and read more.