After Oil by Daniel Eness
Series: Science Fiction Shorts.
Approx. 3,730 words.
Published on January 3, 2012.
Young Theo sets out on a long dead highway in search of deer, plastic artifacts and the secret of his past. While he'll settle for a friend, what he finds instead are three enemies, one of whom may very well be himself.
After Oil is a short story set in a past future.