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The Friend That Got Away

Beverly Donofrio | Longreads | March 16, 2018 | 2,860 words
Posted inEssays & Criticism, Nonfiction, Story

The Friend That Got Away

Beverly Donofrio looks back on a friendship she hadn’t expected to make — or to lose.

Beverly Donofrio | Longreads | March 2018 | 11 minutes (2,860 words)

A year or two after we graduated, my best friend from college went through a breakup with a two-timing cad who nearly broke her. I knew from conversations that there had been epic fights and that she’d kept a journal through the worst of it. I was trying to be a writer in the middle of my own epicly bad relationship and asked if I might borrow her journal to read. I thought there might be some knowledge, some insights, and perhaps even some good lines I might ask to use in the novel I was planning but never actually getting down to writing. Katherine handed me her spiral notebook, one hand on top, the other on the bottom, like a Bible for swearing on, and asked me to promise I’d take good care of it. And I did promise.

And then I lost it. Katherine hid her disappointment well.

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