Lori D'Angelo

Buried Treasure

Clive Wilkins was picking his nose when he found a diamond in his left nostril. It even came with a tag attached.

The tag said: Diamond in the Rough.

He took the diamond, wrapped it up, and gave it to Melody Owens, the woman he had left for someone better. The better woman had since left him.

Melody took one look at the diamond, then him, said, “Oh, no, I couldn’t take this.”

She gave it back to him, and it returned to being just a wad of snot—cold and slimy in his disappointed hand.

Lori D'Angelo recommends "The Smoker" by David Schickler in The New Yorker. Lori blogs about stories she likes at

(For December at Everyday Genius, contributors were asked to recommend something elsewhere on the Internet.)

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