My entry (with some edits) to the “Blue Bic Lighter” Mini-Contest on Scribophile
We don’t always choose what to notice. I was drawn to his hands, performing the automated cigarette-lighting gesture. Inevitably, I noticed the lighter — a blue Bic — and what he smoked — Cavalier Mild — one can tell by the brand names that smoking is an outdated habit.
“I started in the army — smokers were the only ones allowed breaks.”
“I started in my first job — everybody smoked.”
“Now we’re the only two out here.” He exhaled slowly. “Look at them — I wonder which is worse: cigarette breaks, or no breaks at all.”
“Hopefully, someday we won’t need an excuse.”