Her bedroom light flickered on, then off, three times. The signal.
Meet me in the back garden.

First, our Promise:

“Friends forever,
Parting never,
Nothing can sever
The bond between us.”

Then the Gifting. My turn to receive.

Over the years, the gifts had gotten more complex. Like our dreams. Like our friendship.

A sleek silver tube – my first lipstick! I smiled, imagining Samuel’s timid kiss. Another first.

“Here, let me.” She reddened my lips, then leaned forward, a hummingbird to nectar.

An ocean of moonlight washed over bird and flower. She whispered, “Unpath’d waters, undream’d shores?” Trembling, I accepted.

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10 months ago

Another story full of Shakespeare quotes – bravo! A different kind of coming of age story, exquisite in its unexplored undertones.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
10 months ago

Your story is beautifully written, Fuji. It is a very sensitive and poetic description of the close and secret relationship between the two young friends. But it is also very cryptic, with a lot of details being left in the dark. Who is the “I” in the story? Who is “she”? Who is Samuel? What is the invitation about that is accepted?

Christer Norrlof
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10 months ago
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Thank you, Fuji, for your high expectations of my knowledge in Shakespeare. Sorry to say, I have to disappoint you. All I remember from Julius Caesar is the expression “The ides of March”, which didn’t help me here.
I should, of course, have understood what you say about the people involved in your story, but I think I was confused by the memory of a Swedish TV-series where a couple had a secret relationship and where a lipstick tube played an essential part.
I’m glad you didn’t reveal more about the mystery. I just smile when I think about the two 13-year old girls quoting Shakespeare to each other. I can imagine a young Fuji doing that.

Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee(@jessica-lee)
10 months ago

“Friends forever / Parting never / Nothing can sever / The bond between us.” Meta-writing—Those four lines alone are lyrical genius!!

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Susan Dawson
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10 months ago

Fuji, I can’t believe you have fitted so many subtleties into just 100 words.

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