Flash Fiction Friday - The Bracelet

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Today's Prompt: She was speechless. This was the exact same bracelet he'd given her for Christmas last year.


She was speechless. This was the exact same bracelet he'd given her for Christmas last year.

Not that she didn't love it - she had loved it when he gave it to her a year ago, but the same present two years in a row?

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Kathy didn't want to start a fight on Christmas Eve. This was a running argument that neither of them ever won. It usually went something like this...

“Oh, thank you, honey.”
“You like it?”
“Of course.”
“No you don't. I can tell.”
“No, I really do, it's just that....”

And what would follow would be an attempt to tactfully explain why a three foot ceramic statue of an owl that he'd bought from a guy on a street corner wasn't exactly a gift that thrilled her heart. Or why a giant box of chocolates weren't a great Valentine's gift for a diabetic.

His goofy gifts proved that he just bought whatever struck his fancy...whatever was the easiest thing at the time, not that he ever gave any consideration to what she really liked or wanted, although she had dropped plenty of hints.

No, she wasn't going to let this happen this time. Instead of making a fuss, she thanked him, slipped the bracelet on her wrist and then pulled her gift for him from under the tree.

He opened it and said, “What the heck? You bought me a purse?”

“No, it's a “man bag”.
“Oh, thank you, honey.”
“You like it?”
“Of course.”
“No you don't. I can tell.”
“No, I really do, it's just that....”

(Copyright© 2010 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)
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