One ring #flashfiction #carrotranch

April 13, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a ring. Keep the definition to that of a piece of jewelry. Whose ring is it and what’s its significance? Go where the prompt leads.

This is the latest Carrot Ranch prompt


Ring For Mother


Mary stared at the box, momentarily lost.

‘Mum? Can you find it?’ Penny peered over her mother’s shoulder. ‘There they are.’

Mary fished out the string. ‘Yes. Your Grandma’s pearls; she gave them to me when I was 21. I…’ She sobbed.

‘Mum? What’s wrong?’

‘Nothing.’ She looked at Penny. ‘Your grandma wanted you to have her wedding and engagement rings, after she died, only..?”

‘What happened?’

‘They disappeared. Somewhere been her collapsing and her… dying. I didn’t notice until it was too late to follow it up.’

‘Don’t worry, mum.’

If only it was that easy, Mary thought.

You can follow the story here

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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15 Responses to One ring #flashfiction #carrotranch

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh poor Mary! What happened to the rings???

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  2. susanzutautas says:

    Oh how terrible but somehow I’m sure she’ll end up finding the rings. Will have to follow your story.

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  3. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, so sad… and yes, if it was that easy…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charli Mills says:

    That’s heartbreaking and so unfair to the family in their moment of grief. I’m reminded of Kate’s rings and she had several family heirlooms to pass down to daughters and grands. But there was a panic about where they ended up in storage. Thankfully, a week before she lost consciousness, they were found. Later, her daughters said they had a ring for me, too. Something Kate wanted me to have. I couldn’t possibly think of what it was. First, they gave me a necklace she had bought on layaway when we were in college together. It made me sob. Then they gave me the ring, and I howled with laughter! It was a silly mood ring from an Irish Fest we went to and she tried it on only to have it turn black. She bought it to make her grandkids laugh! It’s precious. No one should take those precious moments from us because jewelry is easy to snitch and sell. I hope Mary finds them, or gets justice.

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  6. Oh, no, rings can have such significance…

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  7. Norah says:

    I hope the rings turn up. You say it’s based on a true story. Sadly, I know another just like it, but the rings never turned up. Not yet anyway, and the chance is unlikely.

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