Blue Diamond

Keven's face looked eerie in the glow from the screen as I entered the room. His fingers tapped rapidly on the keyboard. I peered over his shoulder, careful not to disturb him, since he seemed to be in heavy hack mode. I could see his cheek twitching with steady regularity as he typed.

I cleared a space in the books and loose paper on the bed and sat down to wait. It was a relatively short wait this time. He tapped a key twice with finality and turned away from the screen. "Hi, Sandi. Sorry, but I had this great idea for..." I held up a hand to forestall him. His explanations never made sense to me. But I loved him anyhow.

I stood up and flicked on the lamp above the bed. Keven blinked a few times, and then squinted at me. "Hey, you look nice tonight." I smiled in thanks. "So, how was work today?" he asked.

I shrugged, and then let out a heavy sigh. "Okay, I guess. Lysander was sick, so I had to cover for him all day. We did get some interesting acquisitions, though. We got a bunch of blue diamonds. I've never seen so many of them in one place before. I had this urge to just plunge my hands into them and let them run through my fingers. But I knew better--I'd probably get strip-searched on my way out if I tried that."

Keven nodded, eyes wandering. "Blue diamonds are worth a lot, aren't they? One thing I never understood about gems is how come they can be the same colour and still be different. I mean, what makes blue diamonds different from sapphires? That kind of thing."

I said patiently, "Sapphires are a different base material. They're corundum, which is made of aluminum oxide, as opposed to the carbon of diamonds. They're also not as hard as diamonds." I could tell he wasn't paying much attention to me. I'd probably told him this half a dozen times already, or variations on it. He always did it when he was hiding something. But I decided to be patient.

I didn't have to. He suddenly said, "I have something for you." He opened a drawer in his desk and pulled out a jewelry box. He handed it to me with ceremony.

My heart sped up as I took it from him. I opened it, and inside there was a beautiful ring studded with blue diamonds. I looked up at him and he said, "Will you marry me?"

I sat there, stunned. Finally I said, "Keven, how the hell did you get enough money for one of these? How much did this cost?"

He told me, and I was even more shocked. "How much interest are you paying to that loan shark?"

"Calm down, Sandi," he said. He was grinning nervously. I hadn't answered his question yet, but I could see he had a good answer for mine. "I got a job. I was talking to some guy over email and he said that he was impressed with such-and-such a program I'd hacked for ljp. So anyways, he said that he was starting a new company and looking for someone like me. The contract came on the fax machine today. Sandi, I got a job!"

I jumped up and hugged him fiercely. "Can I take that as a yes?" he murmured into my ear.

I kissed him and then pulled back. "Yes," I said. My eyes were blurring with tears. I blinked them back.

Hours later, it occurred to me to ask, "What's the name of the company?"

"Blue Diamond."

Based on the words: Blue Carbon Constant Keyboard

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