Short Story: Home

Dimuat di thejakartapost Edisi Monday, 02 October 2017
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I took a gasp of air as the lilac skies left me momentarily enthralled. I took out my cigarette pack, pulled one out and placed it between my lips. The sweet taste of tar filled my mouth as I lit it up. I inhaled slowly and the cigarette tip glowed in pale orange. I felt my lungs filling with warmth, as if they had been wrapped in a blanket.

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I continued taking slow and small draws of the cigarette while it grew shorter. The silence was so dense and vivid it caressed my skin along with the cold breeze, which pierced through my body like a thousand knives: Autumn was about to set sail, and soon the winter tide would roll in.

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I flicked away the cigarette and stepped on it, leaving ash and paper on the ground, before I walked over to my car and threw myself in to get away from the cold. The stench of the smoke had followed me in and now filled the car; but then again, if you had been breathing it your whole life, wouldn’t you get used to it?

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Where do I go now?” I asked myself, “Home?”

At that point, I didn’t even know where or what that was.

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