Love Story

Avatar Author: Ruby Slippers "This is my letter to the World / That never wrote to Me" - Emily Dickinson Read Bio

There once was a rock. It was a particularly pretty rock, called a Tiger’s Eye, but a rock nevertheless. I was twelve, and I was in love. That rock became the Christmas present for my beau because, “I want you to have something to carry around that reminds you of me.” In reality, that Tiger’s Eye, and the way it changed from brown to gold as it reflected in the light, reminded me exactly of his eyes.

He had captivated me, but I was only twelve, and my mother was certainly not going to take me Christmas shopping for a present for him. I had to improvise, which is why, after rummaging through my room, I decided this rock would be appropriate.

After Christmas break, I saw him again at school only to learn that there had been a death in his family since we’d last seen each other. He told me that whenever he needed strength he pulled that little bit of hope out of his pocket. My present had helped him. My trivial, meaningless rock had forged a bond between us.

My husband still has that Tiger’s Eye.

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  1. Avatar Insert Pen Name Here

    Aw, that was really sweet, I like how you told a story of a relationship just through a simple rock. Thanks for entering!

  2. Avatar Music-Hearted

    Aww. I read this without knowing that it was a challenge entry, and was impressed with the way you made the rock the center of the piece so seamlessly ;) Nice work!

  3. Avatar Paige Elizabeth

    cute :-)

  4. Avatar Catherine

    This was wonderful! I loved the line whenever he needed strength he pulled a little bit of hope out of his pocket.
    Did i mention how much I liked this story? :)

  5. Avatar Concerned Reader

    This is really nice. The only thing that caught my eye is that “a little bit of hope” might work better as “that little bit of hope” just to help keep the rock center place. (and it seems to flow better to me.)

  6. Avatar Ruby Slippers

    Thanks CR – I wasn’t sure how to make the connection stronger.

  7. Avatar Mystique

    wow! Simply loved it!
    so simple and yet to the heart :)

  8. Avatar Gurth

    Girl wants guy, girl gets guy – still and always the most interesting story in the world.

  9. Avatar Concerned Reader

    Congratulations! You’re a champion!

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