In the summer of 1988, on their last day of eleventh grade, childhood friends Kyle, Brandon, and Vanessa make a pact. As a tribute to their friendship, they each place their most valued possession inside a yellow Tupperware bowl, seal it, and bury it beneath the tallest pine tree at Blueberry Pond, their neighborhood hangout. The friendship pact is secret, and they vow to never dig the Tupperware bowl up again, no matter what.
Twenty years later, the friends have gone their separate ways, and each one is enduring a difficult life struggle. Kyle is battling alcoholism, Brandon is in the midst of losing his business and his home, and Vanessa is going through a messy divorce that has left her family in turmoil. It is during this time of struggle that each one realizes they desperately need the one item they left behind in the Tupperware bowl, years ago at Blueberry Pond. That one item, they each believe, will pull them through. But in the quest to recover their lost items, the friends find something more valuable: a friendship among them that has stood the test of time, a romance between Kyle and Vanessa that never truly died, and the memories of a carefree youth they’d long ago forgotten.
Carla Trueheart is a New England-based writer who holds certificates in poetry, romance writing, copyediting, forensic science writing, historical fiction writing, and writing for young adults. She has studied writing at Gotham Writers’ Workshop and The Writers Studio, and is currently working toward completion of her BA in Creative Writing and English through Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked as submissions editor for various online publications, and her poetry and short stories have been featured in such online magazines as The Litchfield Literary Review. Recently she was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Academic Writing, and she is a proud member of The National Society of Leadership and Success.