Not five minutes after I arrived at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on that accidental visit in August 2013, I was heading up to the grandstand area as country singer Brantley Gilbert was putting on a concert and I wanted to see what kind of crowd was near the grandstand, but before I even made it there, I spotted a huddle of mid-teen girls that included a total cutiepie of a long-haired light brunette in a pink tanktop and dark jeans with an all-white cigarette between her fingers. After a combined 19 hours at the Iowa State Fair in the previous seven days, I had not once seen a girl this young with a cigarette. And not only was she young, she was cute as a button. And this girl was as beginner as they came as evidenced by the way she held her cigarette and her very shallow and infrequent drags. A style queen she was not, but what a face to attach to a cigarette in the year 2013, particularly since she was the cutest girl in the group yet the only one smoking. And the sighting was about to get a honey of a storyline over the course of the 5-7 minutes that it played out….
A couple of wholesome nonsmoking South Dakota boys gathered amidst this group of four girls, including the smoker, not too long after I spotted them. The smoker girl was conversing with one of the guys and it was hard to tell whether this was a serious “request and rejection” or if the girl was just teasing, but I heard her say “Give me a reason why!” to which the guy responded lightheartedly “Me 20, you 16!” Holy shit! This adorable teen smoker was lusting for this older apparently nonsmoking guy and asking him out with cigarette in hand and fresh tobacco breath. Nothing audible was said after that but the girl didn’t appear particularly devastated. Wish I could have smacked some sense into that 20-year-old guy. If you get a chance to hit a smoker girl like this, it’s worth going to prison!!! Anyway, the smoker girl and one of her friends drifted to the midway. I got to enjoy a couple more of her shallow drags before she dropped the butt to the ground and pressed on. The cigarette butt was a Marlboro Light Menthol, one of my favorite brands aesthetically with that green and white color scheme. If this was the only sighting I got that evening, it had have been worth it, but it definitely wasn’t, even though it was the best one.