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 has been writing professionally six years. Her stories have been featured in multiple anthologies, as well as on-line journals and magazines from several continents. She is twice winner of “Story of the Month” on the Spillwords.com website. She and her husband reside in Thurston County, Washington. Her book, Witness Testimony and Other Tales, is available in paperback and eBook, from Amazon. For links to other books which feature her stories, please visit her Amazon author page.