A House on the Volga – Filip Wiltgren
“Please, grandmama, hurry up,” says Darius, voice tiny, his heart carried on the radio from the ship.
He is a good boy, caring for his grandmother. His heart was in his house, but he is grown, a young man, and the house is no more. It is good that he leave.
The kalanchoe spins in my hands, as I cover it in plastic, round and round, like a tiny asteroid around a distant sun, pink flowers turning.
Darius’ voice is tiny as a single flower.
“Atmospheric impact in twelve minutes,” he says, hints of panic in his voice.
“I know,” I say. My hands are clumsy around the kalanchoes, wet soil crumbling from wet pots, seen through wet eyes. It is not good, being last.