Mei (100-word story)


Mei received her first kiss when she was twelve, back when she was still speaking to her parents. She inadvertently acquired it from a middle-aged uncle who carelessly flicked a half-smoked cigarette outside his window one warm evening in 1988. Mei curiously picked the still-moist cigarette she spotted from the ground and propped it between her pursed lips to imitate her uncle’s inhaling of smoke. Years later when she attended college and stopped talking to parents altogether, Mei, in pursed lips, admitted to herself and to two roommates that she tried the cigarette because it came from her uncle’s window.

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