The Projection of Jupiter in Zoo City
Humans should never have come to Florida, but their biggest mistake of all was Zoo City.
Only Dale and I know how our mother went south on Franklin that day, turned left at the taco shop, and laughed like a crow when she realized it was that easy to vanish. Dale and I know because we were walking through the mini-mall and we saw her shoes and then we saw her just as a parking lot captured her shadow. Everyone was skipping school because there’d been a bomb threat on the phone.
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