”Are you ready?” Cole said to his girlfriend of three years.”Hell yeah” she replied with a smile on her face, adrenaline rushing through her body. She grabbed the handle of the plane door and let the evening wind rush into the small space.”It’s now or never” Kate said, as she always did when teaching their skydiving students. Hand in hand, they both took a deep breath in and jumped into the unknown. When they saw the ground approaching, they pulled their parachutes and were lifted up into the air like a bottle coming back up to the surface. While in midair, Cole pulled out a box from his pocket. Inside was a beautiful diamond ring perfectly fitted to Kate’s finger. She gasped as she caught sight of the box in her boyfriend’s hands. He was going to propose to her. He opened the box, revealing the ring and popped the question. Nervous, wind blowing through his hair as he made his descent, he waited for her response. Finally, after what seemed like ages, Kate responded, tears welling up in her eyes.” Yes, of course I will”. Relief flooded Cole’s body. She had accepted his proposal and he couldn’t be happier. However disaster struck as Cole held out the ring, offering it to Kate. The 25 000 $ jewel fell out of his hand and tumbled down, never to be seen again by the couple. Cole cried out and clasped the air trying to retrieve the ring. Kate watched as her fiancee grasped in vain and as his gift to her left her sight. The ring continued its rapid descent to the grassy land below leaving the couple slowly floating down above it, until it landed at a woman’s feet. This woman’s name was Maria and by some extraordinary coincidence, some may even call it destiny, she happened to be Cole’s ex-girlfriend. They had been together for 5 years, which she claimed were the worst years of her life. They were college sweethearts, a perfect couple on the outside, but their relationship had turned out to be one filled with stress, lies and deception, all due to Cole’s behaviour. He had been cruel and aggressive so, looking for a fresh start, Maria had left Cole to pursue her love for jewellery making, sadly to no success due to a lack of financing. This particular day she had come to visit her aunt’s farm.  As she was on her way back to the property, she saw the ring fall with an incredible speed. She bent down and picked up the jewel, contemplating it while it sparkled magnificently in the sunlight. She looked up at the clear sky, wondering about the ring’s origins, before placing it into her pocket. She would go on to sell the ring, using the funds to finance her jewellery company which would become one of the largest and most popular in the world and would make her one of the most successful women in her field. As for Cole and Kate, they spent the rest of their lives in an unhappy marriage, eventually ending in a heated divorce.

By Leen M., Selin D. & Ines R.

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