Forever Finley Episode / Short Story #6: A tale that explores how holiday magic can carry forward into the rest of the year, featuring Natalie and the mysterious George from "Come December."
Engagement should be a happy time in a young woman's life, but for Natalie, it's plagued with doubts. She'd only known Damien four months when she accepted his proposal, and now, when the two are together, she hears a distinct Mayday distress call. Where is the voice coming from? Does it have anything to do with the enigmatic figure she encountered in the cemetery last winter? Or is Natalie finding a way to tell herself she thinks she's about to go down in flames?
Mayday Mayday Mayday is part of Forever Finley, a series of stand-alone episodes or short stories that released once a month throughout 2016. Previous releases include Come December, January Thaw, Forget February, Dearest March…, and April's Promise. Stories following Mayday Mayday Mayday include Chasing June, A Hundred Julys, Under the August Moon, Song for September, October Omen, and the Forever Finley Finale (Pale November / December Bells). Stories can be purchased individually, or readers can purchase all installments in Forever Finley: An Episodic Novel.
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This short story, less than twenty pages is complete. As of this writing there are four previous stories plus an introductory story, and two stories after this one. One story is released a month, so this is story five of a presumably twelve story series. There is no cursing or sexual references. No knowledge of previous stories is needed. This is suggested for ages young adult and older due to tone of writing. Natalie moved to Finley to give her career a boost. When Damien moves into her apartment building they strike up an immediate friendship. Four months later he proposes and she accepts. But as they eat breakfast on her balcony each morning she starts to hear a whispered "May Day! Mayday! Mayday!" As it becomes clearer she begins to wonder if it means her engagement to a man she barely knows is in trouble. It's hard to write short stories. There has to be immediately engaging characters, a rapidly developing plot and a definite end. This story is satisfying in all those steps. Natalie starts off alone, but we learn this through frantic emails from her mother and friends. No words are spent lamenting on her unsatisfying life changes. She meets Damien, and within a few paragraphs moves past their introduction and to the marriage proposal. Rather than annoying, as such skipping would be in a full book, it fits just right. The intervening time isn't that important to Natalie, so why should it matter to the reader? Her primary concern is George, a ghost, to use simple language, who is reported to appear to people in trouble. She was in contact with him in the introductory story, and now that she knows why she sees him, she starts to worry. She doesn't know very much about Damien, she realizes, and is the Mayday a warning about her marriage? We get a feel for her anxiety as she asks herself questions about Damien she should already know the answers to. A little levity is added to by emails from her increasing worried mother, who at one point has a dream about crime and wants to know if Damien belongs to the Mafia. The story climaxes quickly and ends satisfactorily. The whole story is tight and flows easily throughout. One thing this reader sppreciated was the use of language to spark a quick flash of description. They aren't belabored and fit nicely into the sentences, but raise the story above a quick whodunnit. Mayday is a lovely story of confidence and worry, of questions and belief. This reader looks forward to reading other stories in the series.
Nice short story.