While Smoking

by Rista Abouradi-Hoffman

Smoke rushed Aamira's face as she tilted a cigarette between her lips. Ashes hit the inside of her left ankle while she sat in the floor sorting laundry. Emptying out the last pair of pants, should found a gum wrapper with "Tehani" and a phone number below it. It was her own hand writing, so she dialed it on her cell phone. A woman answered and greeted her in a familiar way, "Salaam, beautiful, I thought you would never call me." Aamira hung up in surprise and began to recount her whereabouts of the last nine days.

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