When Two Make a Crowd – Ochlophobia

Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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When Two Make a Crowd – Ochlophobia

Caroline shivered, and she pulled up her hood. She staggered and used the wall to steady herself. Was she the only one who saw it? The tower floated away up into the clouds.
So many people talking; the noise. She pulled her scarf over her face; no one will recognise her. At last, she dared to walk along the street and she felt proud.
She had quivered locking her apartment door, but she forced herself out to restore some self-confidence.
A child began screaming; was she the only one who heard it?
She fled with her chest gasping in agony.

29 responses to “When Two Make a Crowd – Ochlophobia

  1. The tower suggests she may have more than an irrational phobia

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  2. i never heard that word before. i learn something new today. 🙂

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  3. Excellent description of a phobia. I looked it up, not being familiar with the word. Comes from the Greek suffix meaning “crowd, uncountable.” Not really like agoraphobia, which is the fear of leaving one’s home, being outside with or without people. These types of things always grab my attention, so thanks for adding a new word to my growing collection 🙂

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  4. You have conveyed her fear and anxiety very powerfully. And I have learned a new word.

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  5. Very gripping description of what she was experiencing. I too had to look up oclophobia. A new word to add to my vocabulary. Thanks 🙂

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  6. Sounds tiring… Good description.

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  7. Her fear is palpable. I wonder if we will all feel a bit this way soon. When another person stands too close, breathes on us unintentionally. Well written.

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  8. I too dislike crowds so I can empathise a little. Not sure about the tower though? Nice take on the prompt.

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  9. She’s losing her mind. How awful! Great writing though.

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  10. Poor woman. I’m not that bad but feel a little like her in crowds.

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  11. Not a phobia I’d wish on anyone. I too looked twice at the tower in the picture which appears to be floating!

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  12. Since I’m into imaginary worlds. I think there is magic here and the beginning of an adventure.

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  13. I’m not big on crowds either, but sometimes they can’t be avoided. I hadn’t noted the floating tower until you mentioned it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Great story. I feel her pain.

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  14. Interesting story. I enjoyed reading it. Well done.

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  15. Good story focused on a person with a phobia. It can be torturous to have one, as the prison is within oneself. Hoping that she finds professional help to process it.

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  16. Dear James,

    I’m not a big fan of crowds either. Well described anxiety attack.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  17. My granddaughter had a panic attack in a shop recently, because the Covid news had made her scared of crowds.

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  18. What a scary experience! I also hadn’t noticed the floating tower before reading your story.

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  19. Well done … Have a wonderful week … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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  20. I think we all have ochlophobia right now. I have a few irrational phobias. (Snakes) You captured it well.

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