Weekly Rumpus Fiction: Bryan VanDyke


The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Bryan Van Dyke! Here’s an excerpt!

Head down, hands in pockets, I am almost past the first surveillance cameras when I run into my sister. She jumps up and down and squeals with delight. So much for being inconspicuous, I think. She’s leaving the mall. I’m headed inside. Luckily, no one takes much notice of us. It’s the morning after Thanksgiving, a.k.a. Black Friday, and people are pinging past us in hot pursuit of door buster sales.
“I was just thinking of you,” she says. She says I haven’t changed. In fact, I’m ten pounds heavier than the last time we met. But I just nod along. I’ve spent the last month doing nothing but preparing for this-for the big event-and I won’t let her screw it up.
“Dougie,” she says, “is everything all right?”

“I’m about to blow myself up,” I say flatly. “Otherwise I’m fine.”

Bryan VanDyke’s work has been featured in The Millions and Midwestern Gothic. A graduate of Columbia’s MFA program, you can follow him on Twitter at @Literotaur.

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