Coming Around Again

Shelby let the imitation fabric slide through her fingers. The robe could convince you it was cherry spun silk until you touched it and realized rogue bracelet charms or an unfiled fingernail could snag a thread and unravel the whole illusion.

The irony wasn’t lost on her. This should have been one of the happiest times of her life. Grades were recorded, interviews (gratefully) were over and once she crossed the stage she’d be able tack three letters onto the end of her signature and move on with her life. She should have felt like a bud right before it opened and bloomed.

But she missed him.

She’d never expected to miss him.

A tear slid off her cheek, staining the material, when she felt rather than saw a shadow in the doorway.

“Hey.” He said.

Shelby turned toward him, “Gunnar?”

He smiled and opened his arms, “You didn’t think I’d miss your graduation, did you?”

She stepped into the warmth of his arms, allowing the hug to peel away the layers of regret between them.

The last time she’d seen Gunnar his face was a twisted mess of pain and sadness caused by her indecision. He’d left taking his melancholy out the back door  and leaving her standing right where she was currently rooted.

Gunnar pushed back, kissed her temple  and grabbed the robe, holding it open for her to slip into.

“Ready?” He asked, holding out his hand.

Moving toward the back door, she slipped her palm into his and hoped he’d kept the diamond he’d offered before he left.


Have you heard?
Tara and I have taken over the prompt page of Studio30Plus.

WriteWithUs so come over and visit the page.

Since I missed last week’s prompt I used both sentences in my piece this week.

“peel away the layers”

“he took his melancholy out the back door” from Katy


the prompts this week at WRITE ON EDGE were

a coral colored blooming flower

and a this quote:

Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.
― Rumi

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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Oh, I like this one very much. A good, strong female character who put her education first and a man who was secure enough to wait for her. I predict a happy future for these two.
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  2. I don’t necessarily agree with Jayne. Maybe he didn’t wait. Maybe he moved on (that cad). Regardless it was a great story.
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  3. Maybe she’ll let her graduation be happy now. Great job combining both prompts, especially the unique use of “peel away the layers” with the hug.
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  4. You did a beautiful job of seamlessly weaving so many prompts in one sitting! I really like the use of “peeling back the layers”. There was enough here to leave me satisfied yet enough to pique my curiosity at the same time. I have been a member of Studio 30 forever but haven’t really utilized it much, maybe I should change that…
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  5. I love happy endings!!!! At least, I am hoping for a happy ending. There’s no surprise heartbreak coming up, is there? I love how you set the scene, with the fabric binding it all together. Beautiful, my friend!
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  6. I have hope for these two. The fact he showed up makes me think there’s a chance. The last line says so much about where her head is at when it comes to them :)
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  7. I hope these two can make it together too. These characters feel so real.
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  8. Great story. You pulled me in with her regret,and then at the end, she had a happy ending. It doesn’t get better than that, and I love happy endings.

    God bless you,
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  9. Where’s the continuation? I want a happy ending for this two.
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  10. Ah, hope springs eternal, doesn’t it? Well done! And double-barrel prompts, too! I like this development in the story.
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