Make up and hair done, and dress on, all that was left to put on were the earrings - they would finish off my outfit perfectly!
I tried again, but no, it wouldn’t go through the hole in my earlobe. Thinking it to be one of those things that if you stop to actually think about the task you normally do automatically, like spelling words, and that was why I was having trouble - I had now started to actually think about putting the earring in my ear - I went into the bathroom to look in the mirror. For a fleeting second as I bent over the sink, I thought about the plug hole, but then went back to trying to get the troublesome earring through my ear; without any luck.
I became more and more frustrated and confused as to why it wouldn't fit. As I continued trying to stick the jewelled stud through my earlobe, I dropped the delicate earring and watched in horror as it rattled around the sink in seemingly very slow motion, before falling down the plughole…
T heard my shout and came into the bathroom, where we pulled out the plug (it is one of those plugs you press to close, and press again to open) from the plughole, and saw the tiny earring balancing on a ledge above the abyss of sink slime. The earring was so fine, there was no way our fingers could pick it up from it's precarious position, so I got my tweezers and slowly and gently manoeuvred them towards the diamond, but my movement was not slow or gentle enough, and the earring fell into the deep dark grimy depths of the pipe…
Thankfully, after a few minutes he found the jewel!
We washed the slime off, and put both earrings safely back in their box and went out to dinner, which we were now late for. I wore some some plain old earrings, as in the last minute rush I couldn't find the other pair I was planning on wearing before T produced the gorgeous diamonds.
I rushed to the mirror (plug firmly pushed into the plughole), feeling the tears brew up inside me, but these screw-backs were narrower, and therefore fitted my ears!
I now have some diamond stud earrings, which I can actually wear!