Everybody in the car for the vacation exit, and we hear on the radio that the world is ending. So much hype I start the car anyway. Bobby gets the song for going going and Ariel glances out for the first license plate from another state. I put the car in reverse and look in the rearview. The sky is wrong. Only part of it, to be sure, but on the increase. Still in the driveway, I reach for the snacks and hand them out. Bobby says, “I’m not hungry yet.” Ariel makes a grab for the chips. “What does that have to do with getting what’s good?” she asks. And then Bobby pops the bag to open it like I have told him not to.

Daryl Scroggins has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of North Texas, and the Writer’s Garret, in Dallas. He now lives in Marfa, Texas. He is the author of This Is Not the Way We Came In, a collection of flash fiction and a flash novel (Ravenna Press).

See more of his work in 7.2 and 7.2 again and in issue 6.2 here and here and here and in Special Flash issue 50/50 here and here