Annalise sat with a pensive look on her face staring off into the distance from the Cinnabrite Pastry shop window, home to the most elegant pastries on Red Coral Street.
‘’ Cheer up, Annalise, you act as if you will never run into Andy Chang again,’ ’Cynthia said with an encouraging half-smile on her face.
Cynthia Perez and Annalise are long-time friends since they first met at USG (The University Of Sparkling Gems).
Annalise looked up at Cynthia studying her expression. Annalise knew Cynthia was right and let out a sigh. ‘’ I know, you're right; I just thought he might make a great client for Garnet Galleries. I heard he is fond of collecting art and he has excellent taste in-’’ Cynthia let out a laugh throwing her head back clapping her hands together.
‘’Everyone knows Andy Chang is not a man you want to get involved with, well not in a romantic way... He has been know to play around with many prominent women, Annalise. You may want to reconsider,’’ Cynthia said with a tone and looked that conveyed genuine concern.
‘’What! Annalise shouted; I never said anything about a romantic involvement. I only want to get to know him for networking purposes,’’ Annalise said in a defensive tone.
‘’If you say so, Annalise, but don’t forget I know you. You can't help but turn everything into a short-lived romance,’’ Cynthia said with a smile on her face. Annalise rolled her eyes, sucking in her breath, deciding it was best to change the subject.
‘’Look what Thomas gave me,’’ Annalise said in a sing-song teasing voice as she held out her dainty hand for Cynthia to see. A shimmering halo of blue fluorite and Lemurian Aquatine Calcite gemstones pierced Cynthia’s eyes. The chocolate-colored accents of obsidian and golden hematite gems blended beautifully with Annalise’s complexion.
‘’ Thats gorgeous!’’ Cynthia said with a bit of envy in her tone. She watched as Annalise unfastened the solid 14 karat gold clasp as handed it over to Cynthia for inspection.
Cynthia took a closer look. ‘’Well?! You are my best friend and a gemologist, so tell me did Thomas pick a winner for me?!’’ Cynthia briefly looked up at Annalise with an annoyed expression on her face. ‘’ I will never understand what some of these men see in you, Anna; you are a certified brat!’’
Both ladies looked each other in the eyes before letting out a loud laugh. ‘’ Just tell me if it’s quality, and you know I hate it when people call me Anna,’’ Annalise said as she grimaced.
‘’Yes, this is a beautiful gemstone bracelet!’’ One thing is for sure, either Thomas is madly in love with you or enjoys spending his money on the very best for undeserving, overindulged women who have a tendency to be a brat.’’ Cynthia said in one breath.
Annalise crossed her arms as she stared Cynthia down for a moment. Cynthia was the only one bold enough to tell Annalise truth about herself and get away with it because of their long time friendship. Annalise said in an annoyed voice,‘’ well, it’s obviously not the latter’’ as she snatched the bracelet away from Cynthia’s hands and fastened the bracelet back on her wrist, admiring it as she did so.
‘’ Next weekend let’s go shopping. ‘’ I was invited to a private event at Carnelian’s Department store for their new shipment of Autumn dresses,’’ Cynthia said this while scrolling through her phone, looking for her official invite. ‘’ No, thank you, next weekend Thomas and I are going up to Amethyst Vineyards for the afternoon; I really need to unwind and relax.’’ ‘’Oh! ‘’ said Cynthia,‘’ well la dee da Annalise. You know that you haven't changed a bit since we first met years ago. You are the same, Annalise Noelle, and I fear you always will be!’’ Cynthia sat, arms folded with a playful smile across her face eyeing Annalise’s new gemstone bracelet.
Cynthia Perez is the only person with whom Annalise would ever discuss her feelings revealing parts of her true nature. When two friends get together and have built trust, all kinds of honest truths are exchanged. When was the last time you and your best friend went out for an afternoon together and had a real conversation? If you fell in love with Annalise Noelle’s blue calcite bracelet, it is available in her Enchantress collection. May you strengthen the bonds of friendship with your bestie!