Sitting down, she looked up at the moon and laughed for no reason. Pearl twirled the blue sapphire ring that was on her finger round and round. It was a nervous habit she had developed since James had put it on her finger. She didn't love James, she didn't even really like him but he was rich enough, handsome enough, and dumb enough to never realize she was cheating on him with someone a thousand times better.
Behind her, she heard a twig crack, but she didn't think about it because she was so deep in the pine forest only animals would be around. She looked at the moon again, this time with tears in her eyes because she was engaged to a man she hated. She quickly looked down and wiped her tears on the sleeve of her blue wool sweater.
Suddenly, she heard footsteps behind her on the frozen winter grass. She jumped up and turned around to see it was Alec, her big secret. "Hello," he whispered in his low, elegant voice. A shiver went up Pearl's spine. "How did you find me out here, I thought I was alone," Pearl teased. "I had an idea and I had to find you," Alec said. He pulled the ring off of her finger and held it in his palm. "We need to kill James."
He threw her ring deep into the forest and looked at her with a cold glint in his eyes. "No, you can't do that!" cried Pearl. "Why not? I thought you didn't even like him." Alec said accusingly. "I don't but that doesn't mean we should go and kill him," she replied. "If you think that's the way to go then I don't want to see you anymore." She ran off into the night, tears in her eyes once again.
After a short while he caught up to her and grabbed her from behind. "LET ME GO!" she screamed. He didn't reply, he just pulled her off. He dragged her to a lake and pulled something shiny out of his pocket, it was a gun. He let her go and pushed her to the ground. She was too terrified to move, even though she knew she should take off. He pointed it at her and looked her in the eye. She still couldn't move. This was her end.
She closed her eyes and waited for the sound of the gun, the smell of her blood, the pain. But it didn't come. She opened her eyes and saw she was in bed, the ring was still on her finger and she was in her PJs. She told herself that it was just a dream that left a sour taste in her mouth every time she saw Alec. But she had a scab in the exact same spot where her lip bled in her dream, and the ring had a scuff that wasn't there before....