Fake Diamonds

“You can’t be serious,” he said, staring at the pink diamond earrings lying on the counter.

“I’m telling you, these aren’t real. They’re fake diamonds,” the old man shrugged apologetically, having encountered similar cases before.

“But… this is all she left me!” He looked up at the old man, genuine shock in his face.

He shrugged again, clearly not changing his mind. He wasn’t paying money for fake diamonds.

“You’d hardly get ten bucks for that,” he said, as he had already told the man.

“You don’t understand…” Exasperated, he shook his head. “My ex-girlfriend took everything and this was all she left me. I have no place to go. Nothing.”

The old man shrugged a third time. “Nothing I can do.”

Still in a state of shock and in a daze, the man gathered the earrings up in his hand and left the store.

The old man sighed, shaking his head and went back to dusting off his desk. About ten minutes later, he looked towards the door. The man with the earrings had sat down on the steps to his store.

He walked over to him. “You can’t barricade my store, young man.”

The man looked up, his eyes glazed. “I don’t know where to go,” he simply said.

The old man sighed, paused a heartbeat, then pulled the door wide open. “Come in. I’ll make you some tea.”

© 2016

FFfAW, Week of September 13, 2016

Photo prompt provided by Jade M. Wong

10 responses to “Fake Diamonds”

  1. Beautiful story! Very heart touching! I loved it!

    1. Thank you! I’m very glad you liked it 🙂

  2. A story of kindness, well done.

    1. Thank you 🙂

  3. Poor guy! I wonder what happened between them.

    1. Between him and his ex-girlfriend? So do I, to be honest.. 😉 I hope the old man is able to help him now! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Poor guy. I wonder what he did to loose everything. I think legally half should be his if they lived together past 6 months as a couple. It’s nice the guy lets him inside for tea. Maybe there is some hope he can rebuild his life.

    1. I think, legally, he should have half, too. Perhaps a nice cup of tea will allow him to think straight again!

  5. Beautiful story, touching. I wonder what he did to deserve the treatment he got.

    1. Thank you. I do wonder too… It must have been dramatic enough to have had such an effect..

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