After seeing the man from across the street push an empty Walmart shopping cart into the Sonic parking lot, only to abandon it there, for a week straight, Josiah decided to call out to them the next time they appeared.

“Hey! What are you doing there?”

The man walked stooped, the white parts of his owl cut dyed a bright, chipper teal. “Of course, of course. It’s not always obvious to everyone, and I’m happy to explain.”

“Please do.”

“Every shopping cart that Walmart makes contains an atom of shopcartium,” the man said. “Now, being so close to Walmart naturally cancels that effect out. But by bringing them over here, I’m letting the shopcartium react with the cosmic rays properly.”

“And what will that do?” Josiah said.

“Oh, it will bring about the end of the world,” the man said. “It’s time, don’t you think?”

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