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The Present

Asha didn’t want to meet up to eat with her ex, but it was her birthday and she liked being treated. Her ex buys the best gifts, and she didn’t want to miss out. Asha’s ex is troubled and that’s what ultimately ruined the relationship. Asha arrived at the restaurant early. The server seated her near the window. She’s feeling some anxiety, so she took some deep breathes. She sees her ex walking in the restaurant carrying a present. The hostess points in her directions, and Asha gives a faint smile and waves. Joselin walks over gives Asha a hug.

Joselin smiles, “This is for you.”

She hands her the wrapped present.  She then takes a seat at the table with Asha.


Joselin breaks the awkward silence. “How was your day?”         

“Pretty good. What about you?”

“Good. I am starving, lets order.”

They look at the menus and engage in small talk.

Later, Asha gets in the house and looks at her present. She’s tired so she decides to open it in the morning. The next day, Asha wakes up and remembers the present. She gets up and rips the box open. There’s a smaller box with a note from Joselin attached. It read “I will kill myself tonight if you don’t come stop me”.




Hannah Erica, is a Philly native and writer of the flash fiction stories for Weeklysweetspot. You can also find her essays, poems and articles on She received her B.S. in Communications, with a Journalism certificate, from the University of Phoenix. More than a decade ago she started writing film scripts and completed two. It's a tough business to get work published, so she put the film script writing on the back burner and write short stories that publish on

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