107-05-may-31st-2015He sat down on the bench next to an old man. Of all the benches, he didn’t know the reason for picking that one. As he sat down, he pulled a pack of cigarette from his back pocket and a lighter from the other pocket. Then he leaned back and inhaled all the toxic chemical that’s in the cigarette.

As he blew out a puff of smoke, he watched the old man who was staring out into the ocean while his hand shook gripping his cane. “Are you all right?” He asked.

The old man swallowed and slowly nodded. Without looking at him, the old man said, “Son, you’re making a huge mistake.”

He frowned, “What do you mean?”

“That you’re doing,” the old man nodded at the cigarette in his hand, “will cost you your life. I know, I was like you once and now I intend to pay for it with my life and so will you.” Hands trembling, the old man got up and slowly made his way toward the sand and then the water until he could no longer be seen while he just slowly shoved his cigarette back between his lips.

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8 thoughts on “Helpless

  1. So the guy was too busy smoking to save the old man’s life? Maybe he sensed how miserable life was for the old man and that the old man wanted to die. I think I’ll go with the second possibility.

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    • Yup, the guy was so addicted to smoking that it was more important for him to finish his cigarette than to save the man’s life but on the other hand, just because something ruined your life doesn’t give you a valid reason to take your own life but I suppose by taking away the old man’s life gave the story a slightly more dramatic ending.


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