This is my post for Julia’s 100 word challenge, with the prompt of ruby to mark the 40th week. Take a look over here http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week-40/ and maybe join in.
Pearl of Ruby?
I stretched myself awake and saw a carved ivory box on my pillow.
‘Oh no,’ said Leila, ‘They will come tonight then, but you are so young.’ I opened the box and my heart stopped.
‘A ruby.’ As big as an eye.
‘You must be valued highly; the old fool usually sends a pearl, as if that makes up for his stench.’
I was shaking as Leila opened the note.
‘But no . . . Prince Mustafa awaits you . . . the young handsome one is yours, a ruby your price’ she said running her pearls between her fingers.