|Photo provided by Tess Kincaid|
All in an instant
Laurel’s favorite piece of jewelry was one she inherited from her grandmother.
Carved of multicolored Chinese jade, with a pearl inset at its base, the tiny whelk shell hung perfectly from a softly woven gold chain. She loved to touch it when she wore it, always glad the artist had rounded the whelk’s points during the carving, so it caressed rather than scratched her skin. She caressed it in return, then let it fall softly to dangle from its gold bracelet.
Horrified, Laurel screamed as it was suddenly snatched from her. The bracelet broke and the man ran out the side door of the restaurant, all in an instant. Her dinner date with a friend’s cousin had suddenly cost her more than she’d been willing to pay.
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