Susan Warren Utley lives and writes in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Memories of growing up in the Midwest provide much of the inspiration for her work. In addition to writing, Susan is a co-founder and editor with Haunted Waters Press, home of the literary journal, From the Depths.
Standing in front of the theatre, Richard takes a long drag from his last cigarette. For him, smoking is more than a pleasure–more than an addiction, it is an indicator of time–a modern hourglass if you will. One cigarette between trains. Two smokes between acts. A way to pass time during the lonely intervals of a solitary life. A man with a cigarette has a reason for standing alone. A man without is simply alone. As Sophia approaches, he tosses the butt to the ground, crushing it beneath his heel. He smiles and exhales. Someone to stand with in between.