Diamonds and Pearls

They can speak in languages of amethysts, rubies, diamonds, and pearls, but still underestimate the weight of their words.

  • Excerpt

    Osian is used to seeing diamonds set into earrings and strung around necks, people showing off the brightest and most impressive of their collections. On campus, though, he sees people with other stones: amethysts, peridots, rubies; wine-red garnets and gold-speckled lapis lazuli. With a pang, he remembers the bagful of dutiful carnelians he collected from his compulsory French class at school, weighed up at the end of term and then promptly thrown out. His diamonds glitter as bright and sharp as ever, but beside the other students, he feels like a pigeon in a flock of parrots.