It was a dark and stormy night. I sat alone, reading my copy of Lapidary Journal, and wondering if I should head on down to the Hammered Bar. I heard the 15/0 Metal Seedbeads were playing. Matte Gilding was always my favourite.
Suddenly - a shot rang out. It sounded like a 4 mm Compression Rivet with Tube. A jolt went through me like an Electric Blue Eel. I Tri-Buckled on my belt and grabbed my snap cap. I peered out the Hollow Eyelet in my door, but could see nothing.
It was as dark as a Raven Python. Brandishing my Dual Head Mini Plastic Mallet - I slipped out into the night. And there it was - an EZ Rivet Piercing and Setting Tool - a deadly weapon that only one person could have used. I reached out for it, but there was a sound.
With a voice like a Spring Green Serpent, she said, "Don't move a muscle, I have a replacement blade for the leather cutter here, and I'm not afraid to use it."
"Charlotte?" I called. "Nickle Plated AB 15/0 Charlotte? Is that you? You wouldn't do that to an old friend, would you?" I asked, stalling for time.
Charlotte slithered out of the darkness like a Sapphire Boa. "Well, if it isn't my old friend Rick, from Rick's Beading Loom."
"Hey, shweetheart," I said in my best Bogart imitation. "I was just going out for a little R and R Strap Tip. Wanna join me?"
"I wouldn't join you with a Large Classic Hook Clasp!" she sneered.
"Aw, baby, don't be like that. We were great at the Midnight Mamba. I could see her soften a little." "I'll buy you some rhinestones, and we could get Xirus."
You never were too Bright Gold, were you, you Antiqued Copper, she said, shaking her head.
I smiled and offered her my arm. She hesitated, and then took it. And we strolled into the night together. It was the same old story: full of holes, but riveting to the end - you can fill in the copper bracelet blanks yourself.
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