AUTHOR'S NOTE: This flash fiction piece was written for Sunday Scribblings. It is not part of the novel and it contains no spoilers. I've embedded links to spoiler-free supplemental information, where appropriate. Be sure to drop by Sunday Scribblings for more fun!
“If it’s not all about me, who else should our survival be about? Those useless brats back at the hotel? A smart guy only looks out for Number One.”
Galahad shrugged. He was used to this kind of talk from David, although he had never managed to figure out how much of it was real and how much was bluster. “You’re not the only person in the universe.”
“How do you know?” David leaned toward him across the aisle of the battered hotel shuttle. “You could be a figment of my imagination.” He gestured toward a window. “Maybe everything is.”
“You’d have to be pretty sick to have dreamed up the pandemic.”
“Maybe so, but how do you know for sure I didn’t?”
Galahad thought of the ravaged city, empty of adults and devoid of food deliveries, clean water and electricity. He thought of the half-feral children and teenagers who preyed on those who would be more civilized. For someone of David’s temperament, it wasn’t such a bad place. “I could see you coming up with something like this.”
David leaned back on the ripped vinyl seat with an air of satisfaction. “So, you see, it really is all about me: you, the city, every last deranged, filthy bit of it. In fact—
The shuttle hit a pothole and lurched to one side.
“Watch where you’re going,” David shouted.
Jimmy, the driver, had been listening to their conversation, and he met David’s eyes in the rearview mirror. “I’m just a figment of your imagination, remember? Maybe you should watch where we’re going.”
Galahad laughed and David folded his arms across his chest and slumped back in his seat. “Just you wait.”
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