Friday Flash: Diamond in the Rough

This is short, odd Friday flash. Enjoy.


Gigantic diamonds dotted the landscape, as numerous as suns in the galaxy. The cocooning sand, polished to a fine edge by centuries of harsh winds, gleamed in the dawning light.

The grunting, sweating bodies of men swarmed over one especially large gem, six feet tall and three feet wide, tapering to narrow points at the ends. They wrapped it in soft rope and lifted it whole to the back of the truck.

The bottom of the diamond was covered in brown slime. No one paid any attention to it, not even when the muck stuck to the bottom of the workers’ boots. Not even when a tiny crack appeared in the diamond’s shell and a small, black eye peered out.