So it’s officially author’s week here at Quanie Talks Writing! Yesterday I helped celebrate the cover reveal for Melissa Maygrove’s debut novel, Come Back, and today, I’m celebrating the release of the short story, Graduation Day, by author Dahlia Savage.
Graduation Day is about a newly single college graduate. If you’ve ever pined (even briefly!) over a lost love, I think you’ll certainly identify with the main character in this story!
Here’s the blurb:
For Kendall Riley, the day of her college graduation is anything but happy, as she is still mourning the recent loss of a relationship gone bad with Mason, her boyfriend of the past three years. However, her roommate, Ameenah and her cousin Reese, come to her side to help her realize the benefits of being smart, attractive, and independent. On the biggest day of her life so far, will Kendall be able to see that the end of her relationship could possibly mark the beginning of a new life as a single woman?
The knock on my bedroom door breaks my train of thought. “I’m almost ready,” I call out.
“It’s Reese, let me in,” my cousin’s voice says on the other side. I open it and force a smile.
“Congratulations!” she exclaims, throwing her arms around me.
“Thank you,” I say blandly.
“What’s going on with you? You should be excited.”
“I am.” I force another smile. As much as I want my energy to match hers, it’s not happening.
Reese’s smile fades and she looks at me, her eyes intense. She says, “You never could lie that good. What’s up?”
“She’s probably going through cell phone withdrawal,” Ameenah calls out from her room. “She’s been checking that phone for you-know-who all damn morning.”
“Mason?” Reese asks, her face scrunching up. “Get the hell out of here. Seriously?”
“I just thought that maybe he’d call to congratulate me,” I admit. Funny, my reasoning had sounded good in my head, but now that the words have been spoken, I realize just how foolish I’m being. “I think I deserve that much,” I add.
“Well, you deserve a whole lot, but he’s not going to do any of it,” Reese says.
“Yeah, like a better reason for breaking up with you other than the bullshit excuse he used,” Ameenah says, leaning against the doorjamb to my room.
“Did you really think he’d call?” Reese asks.
“I don’t know, maybe,” I answer. Reese sighs, heavy and loud. The look she gives me, with almond-shaped brown eyes that match my own, says I should know better.
“Let me see if I’ve got the story in your head right,” she says, tossing her purse onto my desk. “He’d call, you two would talk, and he’d realize how stupid he was and ask not only for your forgiveness but for another chance. Because you love him so much and believe that he’s seen the error of his ways, you’ll take him back. He will then drop everything, drive eight hours through four states and two turnpikes all night long.”
“In the rain. Don’t forget the severe thunderstorm he’ll have to drive through. And because he forgot his umbrella in Detroit, when he shows up, he’ll be all soaking wet and shit, like Eriq LaSalle in Coming to America, minus the jheri curl,” Ameenah adds.
“Right,” Reese says with a snap of her fingers and a light chuckle. “Can’t forget that part.” She turns back to me. “So he’ll drive through tornadoes and hailstorms just to get to you. Then he’ll take you in his arms and make hot, passionate love to you for the next seven days. And then you two will go on to live ‘ever after’ in bliss and harmony. Did I get it right?”
“You two heifers are a couple of smart asses,” I say with a roll of my eyes.
Dahlia Savage is a native of Detroit, Michigan. From a young age, she was gifted with an ability to combine her love for the written word with a vivid imagination. After graduating school with a degree in business, she entered the workforce and gained a variety of experience she would later draw from, including over three years of marketing and communications, a few years as a freelance business and journalism writer, and 18 months as a flight attendant. However, she would return to her first love of writing fiction to balance out the business writing involved in her day job.
Although she currently resides in Tampa, Florida, she is and always will be a Detroit girl. She is currently working on her next project while simultaneously attending classes towards a second degree and raising a son with her husband.
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