Chapter 6: Graduation

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Two weeks later, it was time for the Holy Heart High School prom.

“Shelly,” Michael said, “I have a surprise for you.”

A man snuck up from behind Shelly. He was an older man who wore a military uniform.

“Dad?” Shelly said. “Oh, my God!”

“Hey!” Shelly’s father, James said as the two of them hugged each other.
“I miss you and Michael so much.”

“Are you here to stay?”

“No, but I’ll be here long enough to see you and Michael graduate.”

“When did you get back?”

“Today.”

After the meet-and-greet, the father-daughter dance took place. The D.J played the song was “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Shelly’s friends looked on as she danced with her father.

“Are you crying?” Allison asked Michael.

“No, I have allergies,” Michael said.

“Yeah, me too.”

After the father-daughter dance, Steve, Shelly, Michael, Allison, Sarah, and Melody talked and laughed with friends and they danced. All in all, they all had a great time. Two weeks later, everybody graduated high school. After their graduation ceremony, Steve, Shelly, Michael, Sarah, and Melody walked the hallways of their school one last time. Even though Allison didn’t attend Holy Heart High, she joined Michael, Shelly, and their friends.

“I need to get a better job and move out,” Steve said. “I’m 18 and my parents are still telling me what to wear.”

“Do you think that’s bad?” Allison said. “I have an after school job, but both of my dads says it doesn’t count as having a real job. So it’s like I’m working and I’m not working at the same time.”

“So, the both of your dads are Erwin Schrödinger,” Michael said.

“And they’re not at the same time.”

“My job sucks,” Melody said. “My supervisor scares the fucking shit out of me. Nobody in the right mind would ever want to piss off that little 65-year-old woman.”

“At least you all have after school jobs,” Sarah said. “I would have loved to have an after school job, just to avoid my parents. But they didn’t think I wouldn’t be able to handle an after school job.”

“I don’t have a job either,” Michael said.

“So, what are we all doing with our lives now that we’ve graduated?” Shelly asked.

“I’m going to M.U.N to get a business degree,” Melody said.

“I have no idea what I’m doing,” Sarah said.

“I plan on perusing a career in writing fiction,” Michael said.

“I want to become a photographer,” Allison said. “Since I hate being in front of the camera, it kind of makes sense.”

“I’m going after my 8th degree black belt,” Shelly said. “After that, I want open up a dōjō.”

“I’m 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo,” Allison said.”

“Maybe we can train together!”

“I’d like that.”

“I have no idea what I’m gonna do with my life,” Steve said. “One thing that I’ve learned from my parents is that things never turn out the way you expect them. So, I’m just going to see what happens.”

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