Katherine, Thanks for asking! I was getting a bit lonely here in this forum, after getting many
hits in Still Life
To answer your question, I wanted to set a mood of the reader being finished. I contemplated a wisp of smoke from the candle, having been just snuffed. I am hoping to have a fairly somber mood (not dark, just lonely) of "good friends" being left alone.
You can read more of this in the STILL LIFE
forum, where the responses have addressed some of the issues you may be asking. I guess I probably should have just have posted there.