Friendly, Not Friends

September 15, 2016
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"Need a light?" she asks.

They share the embarrassed glance of strangers. He nods slowly, leans in obligingly. His cigarette smoke streams away from a tiny, newborn glow. They relax into the shared park bench, while hulking trees twist to catch the conversation. Huddling into their coats on this cold winters day, dragon breath spouts with each word from pale lips. Small talk dances in the cold air, escaping from nervous mouths. Minutes pass in a halting stream... the smoke break ends as the filters of the cigarettes melt. She stands. The chance encounter fades into oblivion as his memory of her trickles away.

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hourtohourThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm
I love this, the imagery is very beautiful, !
kzucker said...
Oct. 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm
I love the imagery. What a beautiful piece!
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