Not only have they disappeared. Almost everything has disappeared, period.
And in a few more paragraphs, that "almost" will be no longer applicable.
Hang on. That's odd.
There's no given reason for this or even for the protagonist - ohhh.
Very clever, Morgan.
Morgan Kalka is a short story science fiction writer responsible for the cheery Journeying Across
, about what happens after the apocalypse - kind of.
He's known for his dark worldview and brief, fragmented style.
Tropes common in his work: