Nuggets

By Joyce Bunting

Winner of Harpenden Writers April 2021 Flash Fiction competition, voted winner by members of the group.

December 1938, Johannesburg.

Dearest Eliza,

I’m sending you these three gold nuggets which I found whilst prospecting. I would like you to get one of them made into a wedding ring.

James

Sixty-five years later I found the little envelope with the note and two nuggets. I had them assayed along with Eliza’s wedding ring. They were from the same seam.

But Eliza had married Richard. Had James been her fiancé, or a relation?

Was he lost in the War? No-one of her generation was left to ask. There had never been any whispers. Eliza had kept her secret close.