Jan/Feb 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 1 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction PrizeJanuary 1, 2016 |

Mars or Elsewhere

2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest Runner-up So that settles it. We'll volunteer for Mars, the Moon, or any other rock science thinks to populate. Cheryl's husband isn't worth the gallon of gas it'd take to wave good-bye, and she fears her son—thirteen, hot with Ritalin and aimless rage — will end up even worse than his father. I don't have any bad feelings for my own family; we just connect in different ways and different places. I'll be kinder to disappear without a word, leave them to think I'd been stolen away by fairies, like a man in a Yeats poem. As for money, I'll pawn my tools and golf clubs, and Cheryl will sell high on the collection of Hümmels — those porcelain German figurines—willed to her by her dearest aunt. "They'll never be worth any more than what they're worth now," she explains. "And besides, the rosy cheeks and master-race implications creep me out." • • First stop, Dallas and the downtown Neiman Marcus, where we'll buy tr

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Rob Howell lives with his wife, Allison, in Baton Rouge. He is an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University.

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