The Times Square Ball dropped at midnight as Tyler got down on one knee, presenting Olivia with a 1.5-carat diamond engagement ring. She’d said yes. They’d met in a cafe three months before, and an unquenchable fire burned white-hot.
Olivia chuckled at her absurdity when she typed his name in the search engine and hit enter. Hoping to find some embarrassing photos on his social media, Olivia was heartbroken by what she discovered. She rubbed her brow, struggling to understand its implication. It was a review Tyler had written on a jeweler’s website for a 1.5-carat diamond ring—five months ago.
Intriguing. I like the open end.
Sonja McGiboney says
I like the open-endedness of it too, but I’m wondering why you chose “heartbroken”. What about confused, troubled, or perplexed?
I think confused or similar would work better too maybe?
The back story to his having bought the ring five months ago is tantalising!
I think any of those could have worked too, but I think I went with “heartbroken” because I envisioned this revelation being the end of the relationship. Thanks for your feedback!
S. Webb says
My husband proposed with a ring he bought from his brother who found at last moment the fiance was cheating. It was “used” but I love the ring anyway. At least he didn’t buy it for another woman. I hope. Great story.
I agree with the comment about “heartbroken” being maybe a curious word choice unless of course we readers are to believe he’s a shady serial proposer type and she’s nothing to him.
So many ways this story could go. That’s what struck me. The ending was genius. Congrats!