“Plant deep,” father always said, so Hector started digging.

Just as he was about to plant his prized heirloom tomatoes, a glint caught his eye. He brushed off the rich black dirt and gasped. The legendary Black-eyed Emerald, with its dark center lightening to brilliant green. He’d never believed the stories of the thief galloping through the countryside, looking for a hiding place, but here was proof. The gem was magnificent, and would change his life. He headed toward Bottomless Pond.

“Throw wide,” father always said. The emerald made a satisfying splash, and Hector returned to his planting, whistling happily.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

I was intrigued about the legendary Black-eyed Emerald and the bottomless pond, which led me to research these things on the internet. I found it so interesting. Your story is engaging and intriguing, Juma. Excellent.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago
Reply to  Juma

There is limited information on Black-eyed Emerald. I only found this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/repticon/5786769006/. And I found out that Bottomless Pond is a pond or lake, located in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; another one in New England; and in Massachusetts, USA. You can throw stones or gems in the bottomless pond and they sink into the darkness and dissolve. 

You’re welcome, Juma.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
2 months ago

Hector must have been very contented with his life to turn his back on all those riches, Juma. It reminded me a little of Rose in the movie ‘Titanic’ throwing overboard the ‘Heart of the Ocean’ diamond. I loved how you intertwined Hector’s father’s advice. Wonderfully written, as always.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart (@melissa-taggart)
2 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

I agree with your comment, Linda! I believe Hector already thought himself to be rich, the gem wasn’t needed.

Great story Juma!

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
2 months ago
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Hi Juma. It was the scene at the very end of the movie. The elderly Rose leaves her bed, walks onto the deck of the boat that is anchored where the Titanic went down and throws the necklace overboard. I remember it gave her great delight but it was left to the audience to understand why.
As an aside, I recently visited the Titanic Exhibition in London which is probably why your story reminded me of it!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei (@margarida-brei)
2 months ago

I am intrigued Juma, why the protagonist threw the jewel away. I like how your story interweaves fatherly advice.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
2 months ago

Lovely story, Juma. I don’t blame your protagonist for pushing away the fame and fortune, but I’m not sure I could have thrown it away if I was in his place. I’d have had to tuck it away somewhere no one else could find it, for a rainy day. I wouldn’t want the fame, but the fortune could come in useful if he lost his home in a hurricane for instance. Your protagonist must be a glass half full type, whereas I’m a glass half empty; always considering worse case scenarios ???? Good job!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
2 months ago

I love the philosophy behind Hector’s decision, Juma. He must have had some unusual experience and wisdom concerning life’s mysteries to be able to say no to the temptation to keep the gem.
I hope his tomatoes turned out as beautiful as on your magnificent picture!

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