He started to root through the basket, popping a piece of chocolate in his mouth as he went. It was oddly sparse of anything he’d consider traditional, with just some dark chocolate pieces to stand for the candy. A postcard of the Vatican was propped up against the side, but there was nothing written on it. Weird thing to send to someone in Rome from Hawaii. Next to that the adjustable leather wrist cuffs were almost reasonable, if inappropriate for Easter. Nestled in the center was a little wrapped box that with the paper gone, ended up being a black-velvet ring box. Curious now, he flicked it open with his thumb.
Then he dropped it like it had burned him.
Nestled in the creamy satin, two rings sat side by side, one bright and the other dark, each set with three stones—diamond and onyx. Three stones for you and me. Three for I love you.
Promises are funny things. We make them with the best of intentions, as though we can control the future, set our fates on a course and guarantee that it will never swerve or change. But a promise is only a wish, a hope sent into the future.
Gabby and Austin make a lot of promises when they’re young, before they know how hard life can be and how confusing it can get. They exchange rings, each with three stones. It’s a promise, set literally in stone and metal. You and me. I love you. Now and forever. It’s a lot to ask of a couple of simple bands.
But maybe hopes sent into the future do have power. Certainly everything changes for Gabby and Austin when the rings that couldn’t hold them together come back into their lives.
For the release of Kick the Past, the talented Bunique Beads has created a beautiful bracelet and earring set. You can’t buy it but you can win it. Visit Sundae’s and enter to win one of several fantastic gift baskets. Tell Essie “Lily sent me!” in the additional comments and on April 15, I’ll draw my own winner.