This week the challenge is the prompt “RUBY” See details at http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week-40/ Can't believe this is the 40th one of these!
Here are some interesting facts about Rubies that I came across while procrastinating and waiting for inspiration to kick in...
July Birthstone poem
“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”
Hmmm, I’m not so sure if that can be accredited to a stone, but who am I to argue with tradition?!
The word, ruby, is derived from the Latin, ruber, meaning red- reflecting the colour of the stone. A precious stone which can be found in a wide range of shades from violet tones to deepest red. It is a red crystallised variety of corundum, and is extremely hard, second only to diamonds! (Diamond is 10 on the Mohr scale, rubies 9) Interestingly, sapphires are made of corundum also- it is the amount of chromium present which causes the redness. I never knew that!
Anyway, enough procrastination, here is my effort at this week’s challenge. I especially enjoyed those from last week which used stories to inspire them; no prizes (sorry) for guessing my inspiration this week!
You gotta go when you gotta go
Dare she? She hadn’t for years. Not since...ah, that hideous afternoon at Frank’s (such a dear boy, unfortunately, the man endlessly disappointed).
Back to the present. The thrill of writing her memoirs had been quashed by the succession of “meet the author” sessions she’d attended. This one was particularly galling. “It’ll be reflected in the sales dahling!” gushed her publisher.
How many of the Q.M.A. would be interested in her life story? She slipped behind a photo of her childhood home.
“There’s no place like home!”
Returning the precious slippers to their box she blew a kiss towards the sky, “Thanks Glenda!”
(Note to reader- Q.M.A. Quantum Mechanics Association-not sure if there is a real one of those but it seemed like the type of place that she would SO not want to be!)