Andrea looked at the necklace in the case. What a beautiful diamond necklace, sparkling up against the dark cloth beneath it. The diamonds shown so brightly they almost hurt her eyes. So many diamonds.
Suddenly Andrea wondered why she was at the jewelry store, she didn’t even remember deciding to stop here, though she had thought about it almost every time she saw it driving by. It looked like such a sweet little shop. She’d always decided to stop ‘next time.’ She made the trip down to the shore almost every week anyway. No hurry. She wasn’t really alarmed, just curious, and a little tired.
Why was she tired? Oh yeah, she had stayed at that cookout too long. She’d planned to just drop in for a while to see her friends before she drove back home. It was a party, but there was a lot of drinking going on. She’d decided to stay for one drink, but not for dinner, but people kept handing her drinks and she didn’t want to be rude. She finally broke away when they started serving the food, but it was already getting dark.
Dark, like the cloth beneath the diamonds. She looked back, the necklace seemed to have more diamonds now. Suddenly she felt a breeze, did someone else come in the shop? She looked over but there was no door, there was only her car, upside-down on the side of the ravine. She was lying on her back where she had been thrown when she missed the turn. She looked back at the stars in the sky.
Time to give up drinking, again...