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The cigarette stuck between her lips caused her eyes to water. Good, she thought. It means I’m still here. She wanted things to be different but alas, they remained the same. She wanted him to go away and leave her alone. He didn’t understand. All I want is you, he said via text the other day. All I want is to make you happy. She couldn’t fault him for that – he was the first honest soul she’d met in a long time. And the dirtiest. She took a deep pull from her cigarette and watched the smoke stream from her nose. You hide behind words, she told him, and that’s something I can never forgive you for. I want action. She knew he didn’t listen and never would. Satisfy my craving, he replied, and I’ll leave you alone. She crushed the cigarette out in the worn ashtray and left. He watched her retreating form and thought – I’ll try again tomorrow. 

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