Rose Gold by Krystal Nicol

The following is a featured 100-word story from the December Writing Challenge.


The flickering Christmas lights above the cashier are mocking. She stands, digging into her cherry nail polish, gaze wandering over my shoulder.

“I need a refund.”

She motions me over with a faux-smile. “Show me your receipt.”

Without a word, I place a crumpled piece of paper and a rose gold engagement ring on the counter.

After I receive my money, I beeline for the exit, mustering an obligatory happy holidays! under my breath.

Weeds fight for dominance between the gaps in the cement. I traverse the sidewalk, jumping over the plant life and cracks like a game of hopscotch.




Krystal Nicol
Germ Magazine guest author
… is a contributing guest author for Germ, which means the following criteria (and then some) have been met: possessor of a fresh, original voice; creator of fresh, original content; genius storyteller; superlative speller; fantastic dancer; expert joke teller; handy with a toolbox; brilliant at parties; loves us as much as we love them.



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