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The Unwelcome Guest

to face the world again. Your nose has dried up, the cough has disappeared, your sense of taste has come back, and you can sort of focus again. And having survived the common cold for one more year, you forget how miserable it all was. Until you get your next cold. But by then, it’s too late, and the games begin again.

You crawl out of bed, eat something that’s not soup. You feel disgusting, so you have a bath and pick up all the Kleenex. You become vaguely aware the outside world has moved on without you. And then, because you’re feeling so much better, you decide to change those sheets, do a load of laundry and do some cleaning because the place feels so dirty since you went down. And having accomplished all of that, you’re exhausted, because the cold tricked you into thinking you could do more than you really could. That’s the worst part. By the fifth day, you’re ready

Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.

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