The Last Dream of a young Ruby Ring


In a jewelry box, folded up inside a cloth, and not old from the treasures, stood a very beautiful sparkeling ruby ring. It was just nine hundred and fifty-one years old, but that long time was to the ring as the same number of days might be to us; we wake by day and sleep by night, and then we have our dreams. It is different with the rings; it is obliged to keep awake through four seasons of the year, and does not get any sleep till winter comes. Summer is its time for rest; its night after the long day of spring,winter, and fall. On many a warm winter, the Ephemera, the flies that exist for only a day, had fluttered about the new ruby ring, enjoyed life and felt happy and if, for a moment, one of the tiny creatures rested on one of his large stone, the ring would always say, “Poor little creature! your whole life consists only of a single day. How very short. It must be quite melancholy.”

“Melancholy! what do you mean?” the little creature would always reply. “Everything around me is so wonderfully bright and warm, and beautiful, that it makes me joyous.”

“But only for one day, and then it is all over.”

“Over!” repeated the fly; “what is the meaning of all over? Are you all over too?”

“No; I shall very likely live for thousands of your days, and my day is whole seasons long; indeed it is so long that you could never reckon it out.”

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Netaarash

Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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