Jeweled

Jewel often asked what her name meant; why Mother also carried it.

“You’ll see,” Mother demurred.

Their crumbling dictionary said Jewel was a stone that refracted light into color; but what was refracted? What was color?

Other things, odd things -things Jewel couldn’t quite define- also set them apart.

“Cheer up; tomorrow’s another day,” Mother reassured a stranger, in passing. How did she know he was sad? Jewel wondered, looking back at the black and white face.

One day, at school, Jewel finally knew. Amidst the monochrome playchildren; her friend, Tom, smiled.

In that glittering instant, he glowed yellow.

 

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge

7 thoughts on “Jeweled

  1. I wonder if I were given the choice to have Jewel’s gift if I’d run for it or away from it. I think the smart money would be to run away but I think it might be impossible to resist. Anyway, I liked your imaginative take on the prompt.

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  2. Pingback: All Things Black and White « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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