Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What If... You Found a Diamond Ring?

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone who recently offered his or her feedback about Come In Character. As I've expressed before, I love the purpose of this site, and I very much want our creative efforts here to continue. So, despite my rather busy schedule, I intend to post here at least twice a week – on varying days, both to keep things fresh and to prevent me from going batty. In light of your suggestions, I'll try hard to focus on character interaction – and, save for the occasional post, leave writing prompts to other sites.

All I ask of my fellow authors is two things: to send me your ideas for future posts and to promote the site when and where you can. In the meantime, I'll consider your suggestions regarding a CIC logo, a Facebook fan page, and other forms of promotion. With a little effort, we might just be able to entice a few more authors (and, hopefully, a bunch more characters) into our midst.

Okay, back to the post at hand. During our recent discussion, several good ideas were put forth about future posts. One, in particular, inspired me to create a whole new category. So, thanks, Jil, for suggesting the “What If...?” prompt – a way for characters to express how they would handle certain scenarios. With any luck, such questions might even spark an entertaining argument or two!

To kick off this new category, I've decided to take Jil's advice and ask our characters one simple question:

What would you do if you found a diamond ring in the street?

Would you try to find its rightful owner, give it to your sweetheart, exchange it for an exotic animal, or something else altogether? And, remember, my friends, honesty is everything.

46 comments:

Aidan said...

I'd ken who it belonged to and give it back to them.

Marc said...

That's very kind, mate.

Suspiciously so.

Aidan said...

What? Why?

Kaelin said...

No, I think he meant it this time, Marc.

Marc said...

Huh. Strange days indeed.

Thassodar Jax said...

A diamond ring? You know, the ring has legends, symbolism, and social meanings across the galaxy, but Earthers have to be the only ones I've heard of that put rocks on them. Granted, the pressed carbon they call diamond is rather pretty. They do seem to focus on pretty gemstones for their jewelry, but it's still weird. Now, I do know of one planet where they are so short on carbon that they would consider the compressed matter valuable, but not for appearance. *shrug* I'd probably drop it into a lost and found, if one were nearby. Or maybe flash it at a club Friday night, get some hot Earther girl.

Flutterby said...

Aw, Aiden, that's so sweet! I hope it's my ring, so you can come give it back to me. That would be so heroic!

Aidan said...

Thanks, Flutterby.

I have my father's ring. It's pretty important to me, so I'd want someone to return it if they found it.

Kaelin said...

Honestly? I wouldn't even pick it up.

Aidan said...

Nice, Kae.

Kaelin said...

They said be honest.

Virtue Almercy said...

Well, if we're going to be honest about it, I'd sure pick it up. Those things are expensive, yo! I'd pick it up and take it straight to a Second hand shop, or a fence if I could find one. Wonder how you find a fence, anyway? I might need to look into that...

Kaelin said...

I can help you, Virtue. I have connections through my undercover work.

Virtue Almercy said...

Really? Kaelin, that would be so cool of you. Hook me up, bro. I'm all ears! I want some connections, too. :)

Candy said...

I'd probably puzzle over whether it was glass or diamond. Surely it must be glass. Not worth anything. I'd slip it on my finger, my engagement finger, and pretend someone wonderful had given it to me. I'd flash it in the sunlight and feel beautiful. People would think I was rich and loved. Neither of which I am.
Then I'd think of what Aidan said and how he'd feel if he lost his father's ring, I like Aidan, he was always nice to me. I'd rather be like him than some of those others.
There, I'm believing it is real. Maybe I'll just keep it on for one day and night. See if there's an ad in the lost and found, or a sign near where I found it. Then I'll decide what to do.

Aidan said...

Don't do it, Virtue. My brother is a bad influence.

Kaelin said...

It won't hurt to pass along a couple of names and numbers.

Aidan said...

Heyya Candy. You don't need a diamond for anyone to think you're pretty or special.

Jason said...

Eh, here we go again.

And for the record, I'd give it back. Or to charity if I couldn't find the right person.

Abigail said...

Most people in my area don't wear rings because it interfers with playing music. So I would be very surprised to find one at all.

Joel said...

I would take it and sell it for a sword. Why bother with baubles when you can have weapons?

Gollum said...

My precious, they stole its from us. Mustn't let them have it, no precious.

Galadriel said...

I suppose Gollum would show up when rings are mentioned. Nasty fellow.

Olivia Harper said...

At the risk of sounding like a goody-two-shoes, I have to be honest. First, I'd try my best to find the ring's rightful owner - discreetly ask nearby storekeepers and the like about any missing property - and then, if I couldn't find the person... I'd probably keep it.

Of course, I now wish I'd thought of the charity possibility. Thanks, Jason, for making me feel bad.

Devi Marconi said...

Well, I still think that's pretty noble of you, Liv.

If I found a diamond ring down here in the tunnels of Ruby Hollow, I'd have to find the rightful owner. It's too small a community to be stealing from one another.

Olivia Harper said...

So, what you're saying, Mom, is that if you found it up on the surface, you'd keep it - simply because you probably wouldn't know the owner.

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Kaelin said...

Joel, I think you and I will get along fine.

Devi Marconi said...

Boy, have you got my number! *wink*

Olivia Harper said...

Oh, Mom, you're nothing if not predictable.

I must admit, though, it would be cool to have Aidan's ability to ken. Living on a beach, I certainly find forgotten valuables from time to time. It would be lovely to be able to return such things to their rightful owners.

Candy said...

Abigale, is that true that musicians don't wear rings? I never thought of that. Terrible to get one tangled in a violin string.
And sweet Aidan, in Scotland "ken" is just scottish for "know". Does it mean something different for you? Some magical power or something?

If I couldn't find the ring's owner and gave it to the police, would they return it to me if they fail? If I knew for sure they would maybe... but otherwise...Jeeze. Y'know finders keepers etc.

Abigail said...

Candy, at least in my area, people don't wear much jewelry to begin with, but rings are especially rare because it interferes with string instruments.

Joel said...

Kaelin, what do you mean "get along?" I don't 'get along' with anyone. There is only those who have power and those who submit.

Aidan said...

You're right then, Joel. Kaelin submits to no one. I mean, it might look like he's submitting, but he'll end up on top eventually. He always does. And if he ever ended up on the wrong end of your sword, you'd get to deal with me.

Candy, ken is my Sight, like second sight. My ancestors are British (as British as a demon can be). Kinda close to Scotland. Maybe that's why the archivists called it that. I don't know.

Marc said...

Eh, Aidan. Stop with the defensive posturing. Kaelin doesn't need your help.

Joel, please just ignore him.

Aw, see now the lad's sputtering and all red. You all should see it. He's so adorable when he's-OY! Enough with the hitting.

Katriel said...

I'd keep it. Time was, I wouldn't, but now I barely have enough jack to fuel up for my next Salt Run, even with my boss's discounts.

That "prince" my boss saddled me with would probably give it back though. Honor seems important to him, even though he could use the jack to fund his pathetic attempts at rebellion.

Nutmeg Cross said...

You demon boys are hilarious. Indy and I have sure missed you.

Oh, and as for the ring, well, since Indy and I spend much of our time on the road, living hand to mouth, it would be awful hard for us to resist hocking that ring for some food... and perhaps a little shelter, too.

Marenya said...

A diamond ring? I can't imagine finding something so rare in the street. I suppose I'd ask Faldur to take charge of it. I wouldn't want to be responsible for such a thing.

Faldur said...

I would have to keep it secret, and wait to hear if someone was missing one. It would have to be a Delfenward or elevja, and they would probably come to me if their property was missing.

Though if they were working with the Restorationists, they might not. It could even have been a method of payment for weapons or information. In which case, finding whom it belonged to could be very useful indeed.

Aidan said...

Marenya!

I would, um, keep it for you. And return it like I said. Before.

Aidan said...

Oh, yeah, uh. Hi Faldur.

Jason said...

Faldur, sir, I hope you've been well. I think we should have a drink sometime soon, eh? Kaelin says he'd like to join us as well. He likes to talk battle tactics with you, you know.

Olivia Harper said...

Oh, no, Aidan, you're blushing again! (You really must look into this condition.)

Aidan said...

I'm NOT blushing.

I'm just hot. It's hot here. I'm in California.

Marc said...

He's such a sweet darling, isn't he Olivia? OW. What did I say about the hitting?

I mean, you know, for a powerful Lord Seer and warrior.

Robert Crane said...

Definitely pick it up. Hold onto it in the street for a while. Look around, see who might be going frantic.

Possibly come back several days in a row, hang around some shops to see if anyone is causing some stir about it. Not more than a week.

Then take it home to my girl Amy. I want to get married. Hey, I hate the thought of some chic loosing her ring; but lets face it. How many people will claim its there's, and the real owner never know where they lost it or that someone is willing to return it.

Nah, too many creeps out there just looking for a freebe.

Sorry for your loss gal, but thems the breaks.

Unless you're a precog - then of course you have an obligation to search out the owner and return it.

You don't live around me do you Aidan? Sweet . .