The indigo-striped mug was a fortuitous birthday find. On the bottom — Positive Vibes. Purchased and packed. Three-day delivery. The parcel would arrive on time. Moments after a carpool buddy called her with news – a positive Covid test. “Bummer,” she texted in an update. “Praying For Negative Vibes,” I replied as the mail truck approached her drive.
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).