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Cigarette Break

C.J. and Crystal might be a typical young couple vacationing with their three small children. If it were not for the fact that C.J. suffers from PTSD. He’s an American soldier, on leave after three tours of duty in Iraq and with orders to deploy to Afghanistan. When they cross the border into Canada, C.J. says he’d rather kill himself than go back. The family stops at a remote B & B where they’re the only guests. Crystal decides it's an idyllic place for the kids. For C.J. it's the place where he plots his suicide. What happens when he decides he can’t leave her behind?


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Notes About my Short Story Cigarette Break

“Cigarette Break” is the first in a series of short stories about death. U.S. soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder commit suicide every day. In 2009 and 2010 more soldiers died by suicide than from combat deaths. I dedicate this story to the memory of those lost heroes and their families.

If you suspect that you may have symptoms consistent with PTSD, access this anonymous test site for confirmation and assistance: https://www.militarymentalhealth.org/welcome.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=symptoms%20of%20ptsd&utm_content=ptsd%20symptoms&utm_campaign=ptsd&