[Comments ON] This is a work of fiction.
It was supposed to be their most memorable day…
Upon considerable duration of courtship, he finally decided to propose to her. He knew she will accept, and he wanted that day to be special. For her. For him. For both of them.
After all, they would savor this moment until the last breath of their lives. Because what’s going to happen after this is… Well, that’s for later. Not a good idea to distract a nice fantasy with mundane facts.
Initially, he wanted to gift a ring made fully of diamond. But then, he discovered at the jewellery shop that no one ever thought of such a novel idea! He made a mental note to file a patent for his idea, later on.
Right now he needed to decide between gold and platinum to go with the diamond on the ring. Simplistically speaking, both were shining metals and diamond looked good on both of them. He thought for a long time before deciding – After all, this was going to be such a big day!
But there was something else that was bothering him. He decided to find out, on that day.
He met her in their favorite coffee shop. He had told her that he had a surprise for her today and she pretty much guessed it. But still, she put up an innocent expression when they met.
They sat on opposite chairs on their favorite table, and didn’t speak for what occurred to them as eternity (5 minutes, actually). Both of them were anticipating this moment and he didn’t want to spoil the surprise by breaking it immediately.
So, while they were silently sitting across each other, he slowly slipped the box across the table.
She opened the box to find a platinum ring with a diamond. Surely, he was proposing to her and this was his way of expressing it. Silence was even better than speaking, she thought. After all, those three words were over-used and beaten-to-death in every possible instance, in every possible movie!
After what seemed to them as eternity (5 more minutes, actually) she spoke,
“Where did you buy this platinum ring with diamond? It looks so beautiful”
He replied, “Actually, the ring is made of silver, not platinum, and that stone is a crystal, not diamond. I bought it in an imitation jewellery shop, nearby”
After looking at her shocked expression he added, “Well I wanted to symbolically convey that married life comes with its own tribulations & responsibilities, and at times, we may need to make some sacrifices”, he smiled.
She was even more shocked. This was such a big moment and he buys imitation jewellery to cut costs? How RUDE!! She immediately left the coffee shop without saying another word to him. That was the last time he ever heard from her.
Fortunately, she left the ring on the table.
That ring was indeed made of platinum and diamond. He had lied to her.
Now he found out what mattered more to her. With that new-found knowledge and his expensive platinum/diamond ring, he walked out of the shop.
With a new confidence.
Empowered to live a new life 🙂