Challenge courtesy of Julia’s Place. 100 words, with the prompt “together the flames.” Lots of other stories if you follow the link.
Bill pulled his socks off and draped them over the stones around the small fire. He poked at the coals. The stars speckled the domed night sky. A cool wind rattled the pine branches above him.
He drank deep from the pint of whiskey. His hands stretched and rubbed over the fire. He liked the way the heat made his skin feel, like sun-warmed leather. He tossed a pine bough, thick with needles, on the fire. Together the flames and smoke created a hypnotizing and purifying haze.
Bill leaned back easily and let his city worries and weariness wash away.