THE GIRL IN THE WOODS
Noli Meyers just wanted a cigarette. She had gone down the road a bit so her dad wouldn’t catch her lighting up. She was too young to buy them for herself, her friend Angela had gotten this pack.
She’d been smoking for a few years now since she’d turned thirteen. It was a dare at first to see who, between her and her friends, would steal a pack from the market. She had been the one to get them, almost getting caught by Jim Rivers, the owner.
When she had gone back outside to her friends, they screamed with delight and ran for the cemetery. Noli had opened the pack of Kools and handed one each to the other two girls. Then she realized something.
“Who’s got a light?”
Julia brought out a matchbook from her back pocket. “Am I the only one who thinks ahead?”
“Yay!” The girls giggled.