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  • Are you going to be pretentious? This is a question my mom has asked me many many times. Usually nervously or with a twinge of judgement in her voice before driving me to wherever I intend to make "an impression."

    My answer always takes a lot of consideration. How should I phrase "yes" to her? Silently, mysterious as the smoke.

    What smoke you ask?

    The smoke from my invisible cigarette on a stick.
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