A woman with purple hair and electric blue lids sits on the foul line. Crisscross applesauce. Yellow shorts. Floral tank. Daisies & lavender brush. Cotton tube socks.
She chugs cola in between bites of a quarter pounder. A referee with a penchant for hoops (not swoops, his cap of “S_IT” clearly not company-issued) approaches.
“Second round’s up,” he says.
“Hadn’t realized the first ended,” the woman replies.
The referee whistles, his confusion as evident as his disdain for unauthorized S_IT.
“Been shooting hoops,” the woman continues and swishes a two-pointer.
“S_IT”, the referee exhales, then tips his hat. “Court’s yours.”
Jen Schneider is an educator who lives, writes, and works in small spaces throughout Pennsylvania. She is a Best of the Net nominee, with stories, poems, and essays published in a wide variety of literary and scholarly journals. She is the author of A Collection of Recollections (Next Chapter), Invisible Ink (Toho Pub), On Daily Puzzles: (Un)locking Invisibility and On Crossroads and Fill in the Blank Puzzles (forthcoming, Moonstone Press), and Blindfolds, Bruises, and Breakups (forthcoming, Atmosphere Press).