Jake slouched against the wall behind the canteen. Mel watched him, her short dark hair falling across her face. “Do you want to kiss me?” she asked, blowing slate grey smoke from the Marlboro Light.
Jake blushed. “Uh…” he stammered.
“It’s a one time offer.” she whispered. Her dark eyes glittered and she opened her lips a little. Jake leaned towards her and tasted smoke. He started to cough and fumbled for his asthma inhaler.
Mel pulled away and looked at him scornfully. Jake cringed, waiting for an insult that would define him for the rest of his teens.