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Anyone

I've read a fair amount of sneezefics in which the main character encounters a sick casual acquaintance (by casual acquaintance I mean someone who you have met in passing or had a few brief interactions with but don't really know. This is often a coworker at a large company, a customer at a store or a fellow student in a large school.) or complete stranger and takes them into their home to nurse back to health. I have enjoyed many of these stories and understand that fiction doesn't have to resemble real life, but I was wondering how realistic they really are. As a socially awkward germaphobe I find it unlikely that I would play nursemaid for an ailing stranger and also have never been in a situation where that seemed like a possible outcome. 

So have any of you ever taken in a sick stranger (or been taken in by a stranger when you were ill)? Would you ever?

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Anonymouse   
Anonymouse

Ha! I read the title and asked why would anyone do that? before realizing your name is Anyone. :yay:

It seems like one of those things that people would only every really do in fiction. Never in a million years would I invite some rando into my home, sick or not.

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Hedgehog   
Hedgehog
18 hours ago, Anonymouse said:

It seems like one of those things that people would only every really do in fiction. Never in a million years would I invite some rando into my home, sick or not.

I agree with @Anonymouse. I would help someone who looks dangerously ill, would call an ambulance and stay with them until professional help is there. But I'd never take someone like that home. (and I can't enjoy stories about such situations because they're so unrealistic)

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Chanel_no5   
Chanel_no5

Personally, I run away from anyone who's sick. :lol: No, but seriously, I strongly doubt it, but it's one of the few ways to have one character witnessing cold symptoms for a prolonged time and taking care of another character in fiction, unless the characters are already an item.  

It's probably like the fanfiction favourite "forced to share a hotel room and oh look there's only one bed"-trope. It's a nice fantasy, but I very much doubt that happens in real life (unless it's really close friends, but even then, I don't think it's realistic). Luckily, fiction and fantasy doesn't always have to be realistic. :P 

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Show&tell   
Show&tell

It can be fun to read about! But to echo other peoples sentiments, I doubt this EVER happens in real life.  1 in a billion.  :/

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Hedgehog   
Hedgehog

For a change of perspective - if I were the sick person, I wouldn't go with any stranger to their home either. :shock:

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Cashew   
Cashew

It's one of those tropes that always strikes me as a little odd in a realistic/modern-day setting, but I can definitely jam to in fantasy fiction. If you're a hedge-witch in some little cottage miles from civilization and there's a gorgeous yet sickly stranger collapsing from exhaustion in the woods outside your home, you can hardly call them an ambulance, after all.

(...this thread has me wanting to write fic now, oh noooo)

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