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The woman took the ring and slid it onto her second finger. It was too big and the ruby fell round to her palm. “That’s the one,” the man said. Slowly, the woman lifted the ruby back round to the front of her hand and spread her fingers out on the glass counter. Her expression was dull. “That one,” the man said again, “we’ll take that one.” Just like with the jewellery, Heather made a point of never offering advice on relationships. Looking at the too-big ring on the woman’s toosmall hand, Heather reminded herself of the advice she had received before her own wedding. Had any of it been encouraging? No. Had she listened to any of it? No. Whatever she said to the young woman in the shop today, it wouldn’t be listened to. It would only be remembered with a twist of regret when everything had gone wrong. “Right,” Heather said, “okay. Re-sizing is free in the first instance, but it’ll take a couple of days. I’ll need to measure your ring size.” The man didn’t seem to blink. “There’s no need. It fits perfectly.” The ring was still on the woman’s hand. She’d pressed her palm onto the glass so that the ring stood up half a centimetre above her finger. When Heather looked at it with a certain pointedness, the woman balled her hand up into a fist. The ruby slipped and pinged against the glass. “But...” Heather reached for the sizing rings. ÉCLAT FICTION

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Éclat Fiction - Issue 3  

The third issue of Éclat Fiction (an online short story anthology). www.eclatfiction.com

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