Cigarette Break

by

08/26/2014

Neighborhood: Manhattan, Tribeca

Cigarette Break
Photo by Marc Dalio

She has just stepped out of her Tribeca branded content office and is leaning against the wall, wondering if she should buy some cigarettes, when she sees a man eating from the trash. His clothes are neat. T-shirt tucked into belted jeans. He must do this often, because he’s wearing nylon gardening gloves, and, when he finishes, he picks out a napkin, wipes his face, and gets a comb from his pocket to wipe the grease and crumbs from his beard.

Once he leaves, she goes to the garbage can to see what he could have eaten. At the top, there’s an almost empty take-out container. Maybe Greek food. The remains of a Starbucks frappe. More things further down that one could dig for, a half-full yogurt container, which, if one had to, could be licked clean.

Haley Markbreiter’s work has been published in The Kenyon Review. You can read more of her stories here: http://contentstreamblog.com . Haley is from New York, which is where she now lives.

Comments
Rate Story
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

§ Leave a Reply

Other Stories You May Like

Nearby Manhattan, Tribeca Stories

Hard Month

by

The Cosmetics Plus at 57th and Broadway is having a clearance sale. They’re going out of business. I buy two [...]

Explaining My Cupcake Habit

by

Victor encounters celebrities when he is out buying cupcakes. It brings out worse things in him than just gluttony

Halfway to Heaven

by

She Worked at Windows on the World

Escort Surgery

by

I hated the cold walking west on 58th street, 1am on January 20th. The freezing currents had a way of [...]

Notes and Pictures From An Anti-War Rally

by

A 360 degree perspective on the anti-war march