Drawing Light Me! by Phil Cummings

Light Me!

At a nod from Malkio, Paolo shuffled off to get us some drinks. Malkio produced an ivory cigarette holder and waved it very slightly. Tony leapt up, opened an ebony cigarette box on the exquisitely carved black stone oval coffee table, removed a cigarette and inserted it in the cigarette holder, without Malkio moving or in any way acknowledging that this was going on. Tony grabbed a lighter from the table and waited for Malkio to gesture his hand slightly before flicking the flame to life. Malkio dipped the end of the cigarette in the flame and then turned and took a deep pull, exhaling a cloud of blue-gray smoke through his tightly pursed lips as his face turned forward once again.