The other day while opening a new box of toothpaste, I harkened back to a conversation with a fellow writer. He mentioned how trivial things in life could bring a sense of comfort, as in how the new tube of toothpaste felt cradled in his palm.
Sliding the tube into my hand, I pondered the experience. There it was, this virgin casing holding a product I would use twice a day, yet never give a second thought. It was so round, so firm, so fully-packed, and I—wait a minute, that’s the description for a cigarette.
P.A. O’Neil’s stories have been featured in over forty anthologies, on-line journals, and magazines. She and her husband reside in Thurston County, Washington. Her collections, Witness Testimony and Other Tales, as well as Two Sides of the Same Coin, are available on Amazon. She was the winner of the 2023 Mustang Flash Fiction Award with her story, “The Great Burro Revolt,” which was also featured in Saddlebag Dispatches anthology, West of Dodge. Her article, “Northwest Passage,” about the Ellensburg, Washington Rodeo from the Summer 2022 issue of Saddlebag Dispatches Magazine was a finalist for a 2023 Will Rogers Medallion Award. For links to books which feature her stories, please visit her Amazon author page: P.A. O’Neil.