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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. Asha was feeling a little 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: This is for you.

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

Asha: Thanks.

Joselin: How was your day?          

Asha: Pretty good. What about you?

Joselin: 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”.



I’m Hannah Erica, a Philly native and the writer for this website. I received my Bachelor’s in Communications with a Journalism certificate from the University of Phoenix. I came from a big family, and growing up we didn’t have many material things to play with, so our creative sides came out. As a child I would write skits that my siblings and I acted out, and I would write children's books to read to my younger siblings. More than a decade ago a started writing film scripts and completed two. It's a tough business to get work published, so I put the film script writing on the back burner and I write short stories that I publish on my own website. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."- Milton Berle.

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