Saturday, May 15, 2010
An Unexpected Gift
In A Nutshell: A widower is shopping for earrings for his daughter to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild. He hits it off with the saleswoman.
Observations: Sometimes you can build a story around a life event. I did a story once about a woman whose daughter was getting married. This one revolves around the birth of a grandchild.
There is a very subtle black moment in the story, but oddly enough, it has nothing to do with the budding romance. The hero finds out that he can't get the diamond earrings he liked, but Joy has a fantastic solution for him--to get emerald earrings instead because they're the birthstone of his new granddaughter.
The story ended with a clever reference to the jewelry theme:
"...Would you be interested in getting a bite to eat?"
"I'd love to," Joy said, her eyes sparkling like diamonds.