Smoking Hot

That first puff activated the nicotine receptors in her brain, giving Sara the pleasurable feeling that she craved.  She needed to calm her nerves and relieve some stress after spending the night with her boyfriend Dean who was a sailor.  Dean would not allow Sara to smoke in his presence, as his mother died from lung cancer and he knew all too well how harmful this nasty habit was.  Dean had tried many times to give Sara that pivotal pep talk to change her outlook about smoking, but she would never welcome this advice.  Dean had the tenacity of an alligator, as once he sunk his teeth into something, he never quit, but Sara wrote the handbook on being stubborn and she was not about to give up something that she enjoyed so much.

Sara took another drag on her cigarette and she thought of how good Dean looked in his uniform and how much she would miss him as his ship set out early this morning, but she also enjoyed her freedom and when he was gone no one would try to hedge her smoking.  Smoke drifted into her eyes, which made her squint and then she noticed something shiny in the black granite rock that she was leaning against.  It sparkled like pink dust and she thought it might be rose quartz which she always found to be pretty, demure, fresh and she knew that it would look fantastic set in an amulet.  She called out, “Finders keepers” even though there was nobody else around.  She had her mind set on this delicious stone, but she had no idea how she would be able to dig it out of the granite.  Sara knew that Dean was nimble and she did not lack any confidence in his ability to retrieve the stones for her, but she would have to wait for his return.  Sara took a picture of the gemstones and when she got home she would search the web for more information on it.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Sailor Dean Squint Hedge Handbook, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Nimble, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Delicious, for the Daily Spur prompt – Lack, for FOWC with Fandango – Tenacity, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie NEKNEERAJ’s Photo Challenge #278, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Finders keepers, for Ragtag Community – Web, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Pep talk, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Dust Uniform Alligator and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Welcome.

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    1. You need to complain to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie NEKNEERAJ’s Photo Challenge #278 as all I did was respond to a photo prompt which indicated that it was a
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  1. Although they will certainly be the death of me, I love cigarettes. Once I quite smoking for eight years, but I ran back to them after a seriously traumatic event in my life six years ago. I’ve heard it said that nicotine has a higher relapse rate even more than heroin. I believe it. They insidiously intrude into every fiber of your being.

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    1. Sorry to heat that Russell. I was able to quit without too much trouble and my ex-wife got hypnotized to help her quit. My parents both smoked for a long time and eventually they quit. I think the longer you smoke, the harder it is to quit.

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