Stumble Down the Mountainside by Ian Donnell Arbuckle

By Ian Donnell Arbuckle

Lithium has simply graduated university and desires not anything greater than to sleep in past due on summer time mornings and sometimes hit his more youthful brother with a stick. One morning, he wakes as much as locate the remainder of humanity long gone, destroyed in an artificial apocalypse -- yet by some means his relations is untouched. Drug-addled mother; his brothers, suicidal Brat and jelly-spined paranoiac supply; his Dad the zombie. Lithium starts to suppose just like the heart of a new rarity: the dysfunctional kinfolk. he's the tormented center baby, yet he is the final heart baby in the world. so far as he's involved, that implies he will get the write the foundations from the following on out.

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I couldn’t smell anything cooking, but the wet scent of dish soap was bubbling up from the kitchen. I stomped down the stairs. “Morning, kiddo. ” Mom nodded to the plate at the middle of the table. The four pancakes on it were dried and flat. “Thanks. ” Grant was at the other end of the table, both his palms and his eyes on its surface. ” “I am better, Lithium,” smiled Mom. ” “Anything serious? ” Grant’s eyes were at the same down angle as when I had found out he had sabotaged my science fair project in sixth grade.

His head was held down at an angle that caught blessings from Heaven and slid them off into the dirt. “She protects us,” he said. ” His chest bounced in and out with a stuttering, nasal laugh. ” His left hand had been down at his side. I couldn’t see it. He swung it up and pelted me with a clump of pine needles. ” I nodded and he made to slide off the rocks. Forward, over the cliff. I reached for him. He pivoted, twisting down from his perch and letting his inertia land him safely on the grass.

I circled the sixth green, coming around the water trap and splashing at a duck. We had blazed a hundred trails up the mountainside in our years of games and day hikes. A few we used more than others, though, for their scenery or 39 for skirting the worst grass seeds and knapweed. The soft whir of an electric golf cart crept up behind me. I ignored it. ” I flipped the driver off behind my back. I was walking in the weeds, not on the carefully groomed grass. “You could get hit and sue. ” My head snapped forward and back.

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