Writing Quarantine

Claire Yeon

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Since many of us find ourselves spending a lot more time at home these days, I thought it might be interesting to see what our characters are up to in these unprecedented times. Write a short story about how your character is impacted by the global response to COVID-19. Some questions you may want to answer are: Where are they? Who are they with? What are they doing to pass the time? What shows are they binge-watching? Have they learned any new skills? What contact do they have with other members of their faction (or - gasp - of the other)? What does their general outlook look like? Are they up to anything unscrupulous? What are they going to do once things settle down? So many possibilities; just don't leave the house.

  • Short story of at least 250 words
  • Be responsible for your own content
  • Keep it PG-13 or below, and if your story contains plot-relevant common emotional triggers, place them behind a spoiler tag (ideally, I pictured these stories as being fairly lighthearted to help bring some much-needed smiles to our faces, but if you are being pulled in another creative direction, I won't stop you)
  • In-character, or within the greater Carmen Sandiego universe if you don't have a character
  • Review the forum guidelines if you would like to co-write or include another TECS character
  • Not that we're keeping score or anything, but bonus points for references to spittoons.


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"You had better not"
The innocent look on my trainee's face was betrayed by the two cards in his hand and stifled giggles, while both me and Hawkins floundered with hands full of cards.
maybe when we all have cabin fever and I'm beginning to go crazier then Paperstar herself, uno was less then a good idea.
Either way, my warning ignored, he slapped down a draw four card, and Hawkins let out a groan so loud I am sure that Carmen, wherever in the world she is, heard it.
"you little-"
Cole burst into laughter, weather as to be at Hawkins furious expression or my control over the agent, it was unknown. But that didn't matter. We were all to insane to care at this point.
We'd been trapped inside of a ACME safe-house in California for a bit to long at this point, me more then the other two. It was like having two gremlins chasing me around and screaming all of the time. These 'family' game nights, as we'd taken to calling them, had been some semblance of sanity at first, but had slowly begun spiraling into the territory of 'it only makes it worse'.
"uno" cole giggled.
I put down my Card, and groaned.
"maybe we should play something else?"
By the time the game finished (only about five moments later), me, nor Hawkins had shaken our cards, leaving Cole the painfully clear winner.
"next Friday, I'm gonna wipe the floor with you." Hawkins threatened, and I stood up, walking out, very much done with their garbage.
I wandered to the room where i'd been sleeping and right back out, mindlessly working my legs as I found myself in kitchen.
"What're you doing now, Jules?" Cole asked, walking in.
"I don't know."
"wanna play another game?"
"no. Hard no. Hell no." I replied, and he walked out, presumable to go bother Hawkins.
I stretched, and looked out a window, feeling jealous of a few squirrels running around.
I hope this ends soon, It feels like the world is-
"GET BACK HERE, YOU LITTLE BRAT!!" Hawkins voice rang out.
Maybe it's more important to worry about Hawkins ending Cole at the moment, and perhaps I should go break this up, before he kills him.


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Jade's House

Jade Ezell stays home after finding out about the virus...she has friends and she's just well cleaning the house and keep it clean all the time...at least Sam the cat and his little kitten sister,Socks are at Jade's mom 's house safe and sound with her mother doing the same thing.

.Jade has to remember to follow the guidelines and have plenty of food and drink with her at all times. And whenever Jade goes out like shopping and brings back her groceries she has to clean the counters,take a bath and when she's finish doing her chores she frequently washes her hands with a soap and hot water or use a hand sanitizer.

And beside she watches the news for any further developments and hoping and praying to find a cure right now the only cure she knows is to clean the house.
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little red riding hood ? v.i.l.e.
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Little carmen
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quarantine feels like imprisonmentfor the littlest vile

“It’s like everyone is on house arrest.” She complained to no one

She found herself studying and working out.

She wasn’t gonna let a plague rain on her parade.

Escapee the ferret often collected random items from the outside to make charlet feel like she was part of something.

Occasionally she escaped the dorms only to be hauled back by nanny the babysitting robot

“She’s. Such a pain in the....”. Charlet says before being intrupted by nanny

“Watch your language.” Nanny replies.

“well I can cuss if I wanna.” Charlet argues

“you don’t want the boss to hear!” Nanny explains

“not like a Master criminal would be put off by a kid cussing, ya know.” Charlet debates

“i wouldn’t test it.” Nanny replies before vanishing into the ceiling.

Charlet rolls on the floor like a ball beyond bored

She flips off her shoes and throws them at the door

“you can’t keep me locked away forever.” She complained

although she could hear the others Giggling at her discomfort.

she eventually falls asleep on her black and white striped rug.

An unknown person broke into the room and left some Mac and cheese.

The unknown person then vanish into the shadows

The smell woke charlet up and she greedily eats

“thanks mysterious patron.” Charlet chuckles

“Your welcome.” The mysterious person calls back from outside.

“Unfortunately your not carmen, your just england.” Charlet compainz

“You think carmen would bring you Mac and cheese in this pandemic?” England asks sarcastically

“She wouldn’t even without one.” Charlet replies
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“Hi my name is ruslan child and this is herbert the crime fighting dog!” A preteen boy said while filming himself on a tripod

Herbert knocks ruslan over with made a loud crashing sound

The video footage shook along with the room.

“Down boy,”. Ruslan commands and the dog sits to his side allowing ruslan to stand up

Adjusting his glasses back into their proper place

“Sorry about that viewers, Herbert is a bit Anxious because of the world events.”

Ruslan smiles

“Is that right boy?” Ruslan asked and if trained to do it

“Ruff.” Herbert replies

“I hope charlet is actually staying inside or she will be umm.” Ruslan states before his eyes start to water

“No I’m not crying. You are,”. Ruslan denies before wiping his eyes

Herbert likes ruslan’s cheek and it seems to calm the boy down for now

“I just don’t want her to get sick and not that I like her or anything.” Ruslan gets worked up again

Herbert shakes his head sideways as to tell the viewers that ruslan is lying.

Ruslan turns the camera off and exhales deeply

“ I won’t say I’m in love.” He mumbles to himself before leaving his bedroom to cook a bake potato.

Herbert right on his tail as. They make their way to the kitchen

Ruslan’s mom noticed her son was crying.

“What’s wrong, tater tot?” She asked while kneeling to get a better look.

“It’s nothing.” Ruslan states while looking away

“It’s about that girl?” His mom chuckles

“How on earth did ya know?.” Ruslan asked in annoyance

His mom winked

Tenchi Masaki

ACME Detective, Rookie
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Tenko(don't ask), Kami Jack, Guy Smart, Tenten
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Stuck in home.... Locked in the lab... Tenchi is researching, studying, designing, strumming metal songs..... Beach boy songs... Djinn keeps asking why, and Tenchi says rebellion... Beaches are closing. Even if Accolade Tower were around It would be closed down. Only medical staff would be reporting until even they would get vacation. Carmen wouldn’t send VILE out on heists even if Charlet threw tantrums about it. Even though safety measures at Home 01 are, as some would say “overprotective” It doesn’t matter if all the other places are closed down. No detective offices open, O‘Sullivan’s closed of course. But everyone is simply using the supplies at Home. This was like when the government shut down the power and water in the area thinking Home 01 was connected to the power grid.

A foolish assumption really the people had to work somewhere so they went to Home 01. They didn’t know how they were going to pay rent or bills, and suddenly it didn’t matter. They had jobs again and became a community for the first time. They had lived around each other but had not been friends. Now they all worked in the same place, they didn’t want to think about the government; how powerless it made them feel. They would just move on so when the power and water were turned back on they kept working for Home 01. But now quarantine here, there, everywhere, except Home 01.

Since the complex was already cut off from the worlds supply chain, no one suffered outbreaks. Those who were infected with anything were properly cared for by androids caretakers. The elderly were brought in to Home 01 to stay until the situation got better. The areas were like all of Home 01 fault tolerant and highly compartmentalized. So people were working as normal and conveniently staying at Home. So Tenchi is now inventing and waiting, maybe he should turn the snow generator off? Nah snow is cool....

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E. Mayhew

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"Thas as the thard tahm youth thade the tho this..." Eleanor muttered, annoyed as she spoke despite the thermometer in her mouth.

"What was that?" the medical staff member asked as they took the digital equiptment from her mouth and looked at the numbers displayed largely.

"I thaid..." Shaking her head a moment and sticking her tongue back inside her mouth. "I said thats the third time you've had me do this... don't you think if I had it it would have shown up by now?"

"Thats not how this works, ma'am. If you don't like it maybe you should work from home. You know, like you should?"

Eleanor placed a colorful orange mask over her nose and mouth before rolling her eyes. "Hey, less people in here means I get more work done. And all I have to do is give a test before entering the building sometimes. Could be a lot worse."

The Medical assistant chuckled. "We'll update you on any possible cases by the end of the day if there are any."

"I hope I don't hear from you." Eleanor answered with a smile that could only be seen by her eyes. "See you tomorrow."

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