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The Ring

September 23, 2009
By Lia Newman SILVER, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Lia Newman SILVER, Lake Oswego, Oregon
8 articles 0 photos 19 comments

“I’ll never let you go, I just love you so!” I smiled, singing as I cooked dinner. Everything couldn’t be better. I’ve got a delicious turkey, mashed potatoes drowned in gravy, and bright purple cranberry sauce. Opening the refrigerator I peered inside.
“I’ll love you to the very end. You’ll be there, my forever friend!” I sang, loud and cheerfully. I twirled around and began to dance. Until I saw that James was there.
“Oh!” I cried out in surprise. James didn’t smile. Blushing, I closed the refrigerator door.
“What’s the matter, James?” I said as I kissed him on the cheek. James motioned for me to sit down. I could tell that this was serious and took a seat. Leaning forward I asked him,
“Come on, tell me the secret. We’ve known each other long enough, have we not?” James shook his head and looked down. Quizzically I looked into his eyes. His deep blue, luxurious eyes; eyes that I’ve wanted for so long. For too long.
“It’s Eliza. She…she was found. In the forest.” James said, his voice shaking uncontrollably. It was the day after the proposal when Eliza had disappeared. She had gone on her usual night walk. Everything had gone so well. James and Eliza had gotten engaged! James had gotten her the most beautiful ring. A marvelous blue diamond, clear as the blue sky, had been placed on her finger. This was the happiest day of their lives! Then Eliza and the ring never came back. Ever since then, I’ve been spending more time with James, hoping…
We looked for her, for a week straight. We never found her. With James crying on my shoulder, he accepted that she was gone. Now, Thanksgiving, this had to happen. I was furious! Why did they have to find her? For god’s sake, it’s Thanksgiving! Quickly putting the anger away, I let the long awaited sadness wave through me. Taking James’s hand into mine, I whispered,
“I’m so sorry, James. I really, truly am.” I started to rub his hand, trying to be a good person. But really, what was I supposed to do in this kind of situation? I looked deep into his eyes and watched them widen.
“James, what’s wrong?” I asked. James just stared at my hand in horror. Quickly letting go of my hand, he stood up.
“You…you have the ring!” James cried in terror. I smiled.

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This article has 75 comments.

smurf1128 said...
on Aug. 21 2012 at 10:34 am
smurf1128, Chester, Virginia
0 articles 18 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get"
-Forest Gump

Nice twist at the end. I loved it!

Dynamo DIAMOND said...
on Mar. 22 2012 at 11:51 am
Dynamo DIAMOND, Lahore, Other
54 articles 0 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
I used to think falling in love would be personal. But it's all a big public show.

Really nice i really liked it

will u rate my work also? do so and ell me.

on Aug. 14 2011 at 1:12 am
Lia Newman SILVER, Lake Oswego, Oregon
8 articles 0 photos 19 comments
I don't write much anymore, but everytime I read these comments they motivate me and make me so happy! Thank you everybody.

siddielee said...
on Jun. 30 2011 at 3:47 pm
siddielee, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Death is everything" - Resident Evil

That was a great story! You inspire me :-)

on May. 8 2011 at 7:41 pm
booklover104 BRONZE, Stockton, California
4 articles 0 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
I have a couple of quotes i like... \"Success is not a doorway it\'s a staircase\"
2. \"Everything happens for a reason\"
3.\"Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have\"-Thomas Edison

Good short story. I knew she was evil as soon as I read the word, blushed. I love it, it is short and sweet. =)

on Apr. 26 2011 at 11:41 am
IncorrectlyWired GOLD, Milford, Virginia
16 articles 0 photos 57 comments

Favorite Quote:
"No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness." - Aristotle

Very good twist. I like the non-chalant way that the character acts. She is obviously completely insane. Even before you get to the end you think, "Why on earth is she thinking about trying to get with him right after his fiance died?" It was creepy and well written.

on Mar. 29 2011 at 5:43 pm
C.Michelle1295 SILVER, Denton, Texas
6 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it" -Marylin Monroe
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - phillipians 4:13

Oh my gosh she already said she was sorry. Geez! You did a great job on this story. And I really liked it.(:

on Jan. 27 2011 at 6:43 pm
bigbrother1971, Miami, Florida
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hey lia n. that was one of the best pieces i've read in a very long time

on Jan. 5 2011 at 10:44 am
vampiresrock GOLD, Cornish, New Hampshire
12 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
When life gives you oranges, make grape juice and sit back and let the world wounder how the hell you just did that.


on Nov. 12 2010 at 3:00 pm
this book was awesomer than awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Oct. 31 2010 at 11:18 am
whateverjuliet BRONZE, Miami, Florida
3 articles 3 photos 89 comments

Favorite Quote:
true love never dies,it only gets stronger with time.

i did get why she had the ring!!! omg this story was good!

glue4 said...
on Sep. 19 2010 at 6:18 am
Thats so disrespectful to GOD, u shoud know how to spell it!

AsIAm PLATINUM said...
on Sep. 14 2010 at 11:14 am
AsIAm PLATINUM, Somewhere, North Carolina
48 articles 3 photos 606 comments

Favorite Quote:
"According to some, heroic deaths are admirable things. (Generally those who don't have to do it. Politicians and writers spring to mind.) I've never been convinced by this argument, mainly because, no matter how cool, stylish, composed, unflappable, manly, or defiant you are, at the end of the day you're also dead. Which is a little too permanent for my liking." — Jonathan Stroud (Ptolemy's Gate)

Let's just say a certain jealous girl understands how murder can be a crime of passion...

R3iiNA said...
on Jul. 13 2010 at 9:32 am
R3iiNA, Aurora, Colorado
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umm i dont get why the girl has the ring. and why does she smile? but after that everything was good!!!

on Jun. 27 2010 at 10:47 pm
ReadWriteBreathe PLATINUM, Pocatello, Idaho
24 articles 4 photos 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you" Tyler Durden Fight Club

This was such a good story. I absolutely LOVED it. The ending was amazing! Keep up the good work.

Canfani BRONZE said...
on Jun. 14 2010 at 4:31 pm
Canfani BRONZE, San Bernardino, California
2 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
Writing can lead to words, dimensions...

Well, Lia N. you are a fantastic writer. IT WUZ AWESOME! The story was a true thriller/mystery.

on Jun. 9 2010 at 6:23 pm
Lia Newman SILVER, Lake Oswego, Oregon
8 articles 0 photos 19 comments
haha thank you! I love Lois Duncan's work. I am 13 years old. 

on Jun. 7 2010 at 8:15 pm
Lia Newman SILVER, Lake Oswego, Oregon
8 articles 0 photos 19 comments
Sorry if I offended anybody without capitalizing "God". I didn't mean to. That is not the focus of the story, so please do not focus on that. But thank you for letting me know. 

on May. 30 2010 at 1:19 pm
ashbadash BRONZE, Ocala, Florida
4 articles 1 photo 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
Friends are like glue, they always stick by your side.

OMG that was awesome. I knew there was something fishy happening when she said "Why did they have to find her". It was very suspenseful and thrilling. I luved it!

on May. 30 2010 at 10:25 am
Mimi Mustapha BRONZE, Antioch, California
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That was Omg amazing how old are you you should become the next Lois duncan author