Something Shiny

by Laura Besley

Every morning on his way to university, Robert stops at the jeweller’s, checking the ring he wants to buy for Elspeth is still on display. It’s more than he can afford, but after so long apart, he’s going to propose when he gets back to England. Today, it is gone. Rocks form in the pit of his stomach as he rests his head on the window, breath obscuring what lies beyond. If only he could rub it clean and somehow the ring could reappear. If only he knew that this disappointment was merely a fragment of what was to come.


Laura Besley has been listed by TSS Publishing as one of the top 50 British and Irish Flash Fiction writers and her work has been nominated for Best Micro Fiction. She is the author of the flash fiction collection, The Almost Mothers, and a collection of micro fiction, 100neHundred. She tweets here.