Sometime after the pandemic….
“Hey, look what I found.” She pulls out a crumpled mask from the bottom on her purse. “Remember those days?”
“How could I forget?” She cringes, inspecting her face in the mirror. “The mask acne.”
“The struggle to find toilet paper?”
“The orange president?” They laugh together.
“And all that hand sanitizer.”
She gasps. “So much hand sanitizer.”
“I’m still trying to lose that quarantine fifteen. During lockdown, I ate nothing but cereal and pizza pockets.”
“Those were crazy times, huh?”
“Crazy doesn’t cut it.”
“But we got through.”
Linking arms, they return to a crowded party.
Is this a great short story? Probably not. But it is a reminder, that eventually, this pandemic will end. And when we get through these crazy times, who knows, maybe we’ll laugh about it someday.
For now, stay safe. Wear a mask. Social distance. Take care about one another.
Keep writing, writer bees!
— Lady Jabberwocky