Did You Leave Any For Me
Two ex-lovers, one hotel room, and a random act of technology. Will they fall out, or will they fall back in love?
Ollie and Shay are on-again, off-again boyfriends who have performed the "one last fling" dance so many times it's become routine. This time, however, their last fling might just become the start of something new.
A malfunction with the door lock of their hotel room leaves both Shay and Ollie trapped inside, at the mercy of the hotel staff, as well as each other's prickly personalities. A lack of alternatives leads to the hashing out of old fights, the introduction of new fights, and a glimmer of hope that this years-old relationship can still be salvaged. Only time and a bottle of booze will tell whether their series of hotel mishaps is a blessing in disguise.
Sheridan looked up from buttoning his shirt. “What do you mean, it’s locked?”
“I mean it’s locked—as in, it’s locked. Can’t be opened. See?” The other man jiggled the handle of the hotel door as a demonstration. “Locked.”
“How did that happen?”
He threw up his hands. It only highlighted the fact that he wasn’t wearing pants. “I’m sorry, Shay when did I become a locksmith in the past hour?”
“Call me Shay again, Oliver I dare you.”
“Or what?” Oliver sighed. “Never mind, don’t answer that. I’ll call room service, Sha—Sheridan.”
“You do that.” Sheridan had finished dressing, and was now examining his face in a mirror that had been sitting on the bedside table. He grimaced and began to tame a lock of gray hair that threatened to turn full cowlick. “And tell them we need more champagne.”
“I’m not paying for that!” Oliver covered the receiver of the phone with one hand. He balanced himself against the wall with the other. “Once the door’s open, it’s over. We’re never seeing each other again.”
“That’s what you said last time.”
“Which was three months ago. This time, it’ll be forever.”
“Another thing you said last time.”
Sarah Hayes was born in Florissant, Missouri, where she currently resides with her mother and the family cat in her childhood home. She is the youngest daughter in a family of geeks and bookworms, her mother being a published romance author. Hayes has been making up stories and writing them down ever since she figured out how to put pencil to paper. She graduated Florissant Valley Community College with an Associate Degree in creative writing with honors and Phi Theta Kappa credentials. Sarah Hayes served as the head editor of the college’s student-run newspaper for a year, during which she won several awards from the local chapters of the journalism associations MCMA and SPJ.
She is currently pursuing her BA in English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis while writing for the college newspaper, the Current. While she has honed her skills with writing and sharing her fanfiction, she has been writing original fiction just as long. This is her first published piece of fiction.