LUCINDA M GUNNIN
Lucinda Gunnin is a commercial property manager and author in suburban Philadelphia. She is an avid gamer, sushi addict, and animal advocate. She writes about storage and moving, gaming, gluten-free eating and more. Twitter: @LucindaGunnin
This is the first short story I ever wrote, a sort of challenge to see if I could do it. It became a very long story that has been edited many times over the years. Some of the ideas in it are outdated, like tabloid magazines at the grocery checkout. All we see now are celebrity gossip rags. But the underlying question of how you respond when your world is falling apart remains.
We ended 2020 with surf and turf and an evening gaming with members of our safe six. Way back in the before, on March 14, 2020, we'd decided that the eight of us would be our safe group. And none of us would see other people without masks except in very special circumstances and that when that happened, we'd quarantine and warn the others in our group.