MY EX-BOYFRIEND’S RING (18 years later, I get a friend request from him on Facebook.)
Posted by Eve Rabi Author
I was eighteen, he was nineteen when we met. I was shy when it came to boys, so he was my first kiss, my first date, my first love, my first everything. We were both college students, so money was scarce, yet he insisted on buying me a ring. All he could afford was this li’l diamond chip bought with money from his student loan. It became my most prized possession and it seldom left my finger.
We dated for five years, planned to marry someday, even chose names for our kids – a girl and a boy – Wesley and Paris.
We were truly, madly, deeply in love.
Sadly, as the years passed, I grew restless and left him in search of greener pastures. He was sad at my desire to leave, but he was quickly snapped up by a mutual friend. Within months, they got married.
I did get greener, bigger and maybe even better, but I never forgot the boy who bought me my first diamond. The boy who gave me all he could, all he had, all the time.
I moved to a different country and for years we had no contact with each other. But I always thought of him. What became of him? Then, a stroke of sheer luck – 18 years later, I get a friend request from him on Facebook. With shaking hands, I accepted his request.
Him: You hiding from me?
Me: Nope, you disappeared from my radar. Good to make contact with you again.
Him: Great to make contact with you. Wonderful in fact.
I feel a surge of happiness at his adjectives.
Him: Heard you changed your Facebook status to single. What gives?
Me: Didn’t work out. Happens.
Him: Happens, true. U ok?
Me: I will be now that I’ve heard from you. Smiley face.
Him: smiley face jumping up and down.
Me: How is the wife, the kids, work?
Him: All good. Kids grown, taller than me. Smart too.
Me: Same here, except my kids aren’t really smart, just know it all kind of kids. They know everything. Seriously.
Him: Hey, you remember you once bought me a chain while we were dating?
Me: Yeah…the silver one? Y?
Him: Still got it. Use it all the time.
Me: U serious?
Him: Absolutely. It’s my most prized possession.
His most prized possession? My heart warms. I couldn’t believe it.
Me: I would love to see a pic.
Him: Hold on, will take one. Am wearing it now.
Me: Now? Wow!
I bristled with excitement as I waited for the picture. After a few minutes, I saw the chain. Thin, cheap and sterling silver. I laughed with delight, then cringed at its cheapness. He’s on the flashy side – gold chains, BMW, expensive threads… so I was surprised that he’d wear something so simple.
Me: Wow! Does your wife know about it?
Him: She thinks my mom gave it to me.
Me: I still have your ring, you know.
A short pause before he responds:
Him: U kidding me?
Me: Nope. I have it.
Him: You use it?
Me: No, for obvious reasons, but I think of you whenever I see it.
Him: Wow! Seriously?
Another short pause before he responds.
Him: I’m feeling moved. Can’t explain it.
Him: Can I see a photo of the ring?
Me: Okay, I will send u one tomorrow.
Me: Can’t. People around. Sorry.
Me: Smiling. Still a big baby, aren’t ya?
Me: Gotta go.
Him: tomorrow? This time?
I think about it before I answer. Will I be at my computer tomorrow this time?
Him: Say yes. I really wanna talk to you. You’ve been on my mind for so long, and there’s so much to talk about. Right?
Me: Right. Talk tomorrow.
Him: Cool. Supercool. Smiley face.
That evening, I softened and pushed back my cuticles, exfoliated my hands, painted my nails a pretty blue and took a picture of me wearing his ring. The next day, after taking a photo of it, I sat at my computer and sent it to him. His reply was immediate.
Him: It’s beautiful, but a bloody cheap-ass ring. I’m so embarrassed to have bought U such a small diamond. Cringing.
Me: Don’t be. As I said, it’s my most prized possession, too. I’ve kept it in the safe, tucked it away behind all my other jewelry and my last will and testament so that my husband (ex-husband now) wouldn’t find it and badger me into throwing it out. Like he did with all our photos.
Him: I’m touched that you kept it. Hey, I remember the day I bought you the ring. You had this big grin on your face and you kept waving your hands around so that everyone would notice.
I laughed out loud. He was right; you’d think it was an 8 carat Harry Winston pink diamond or something the way I flashed it around. But I was 18. Even though I tried to dissuade him from buying me a ring, I was thrilled with it and kept polishing it.
Me: I remember that day like it was yesterday. You paid cash in small notes too. All your money was spent on the ring, so we couldn’t afford a fancy lunch that day.
I smiled as I replied, but as nostalgia washed over me, my smile faded.
Me: u there?
Him: Yep. Frog in my throat.
Me: Same here.
Him: Besides the times when you look at the ring, do you …like, I mean, do you ever …think of …me? Of us?
For five years he was my life, my sweetheart. We spent every spare moment together dreaming about a future together. What did he expect my answer was going to be?
I cleared my throat.
(To be continued)
About Eve Rabi AuthorEVE RABI is the author of 26 romantic crime & suspense thrillers, 5 screenplays and a number of short stories in the process of being published. She is known for her kick-ass leading ladies, her sense of humor and her no-holes barred love stories. To quote an Amazon reviewer: “Eve Rabi is a 5 star general. Different, excellent, unputdownable. Eve Rabi is the lady for now and the Future.” For more info on Eve Rabi's books, visit http://amzn.to/178qMZY
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