A sample of “Six Months,” debut fiction by Celeste Mohammed, winner of a 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. When oil drop to 9US$ a barrel, man, you know you getting lay off. The only question is when. Like everybody else in the industry, you wait. It come like the worst thing that could happen, when they announce people will have to go “in tranches” every month. At first, every time you don’t get a envelope, you breathe a sigh of relief.