A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “The Little Lantern” by Nicholas Stella

He was alone on the street, the asphalt wet from the drizzling rain, the streetlights flickering and buzzing. He withdrew a packet of cigarettes from his pocket. One left. He lit up and pulled deeply. Dizzy, he spat the cigarette out and fell to his hands and knees, vomiting a soup of beer and insects…