We come to a stop at the side of the Regent Hotel.
Marla Singer's cigarette rests between her fingers as I stand there, looking conveniently obedient.
She flicks her cigarette and glances up into my still eyes, smirking.
She takes a long drag from her cigarette and closes her eyes, smiling as the nicotine passes through her body. The smoke comes from her mouth and into the chilly, evening air.
She puts her hand behind my head and kisses me. Her mouth tastes like an ashtry, I don't mind.
I don't kiss back and her lips linger on mine for a moment before she pulls away, and takes yet another drag from her now stub of a cigarette before she extinguishes it under her shoe.
"Goodnight." Marla says, lighting another cigarette and turning the corner and out of my sight.
Night, I say.
I am Joe's aching desire for Marla Singer's Newport kiss.
Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk and the character's portrayed by Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter in the 1999 film.