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Summary: This is a challenge from Challenge in a Can (http://www.dymphna.net/challenge/). The challenge was: Cordelia/wanting/jewelry.

Spoilers: No specific ones. I only started watching Angel this season, and there are no spoilers for that, so none that you won't pick up from any fanfic.

Note: This isn't really in any timeline. I just used the characters. If you like Buffy, and don't like her being dissed... don't yell at me. It's first-person POV, and what the character thinks isn't necessarily the same thoughts as the author (me). I wrote this in five minutes, basically just to prove I could still finish a story. Please, tell me what you think.

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It's the most hideous thing I've ever seen.

It sits on her hand, limp and lackluster. It looks dull and faded, it does. It is the ugliest piece of jewelry I have ever seen, and I have seen some ugly pieces in my day; dealers trying to pawn off their worse pieces, not knowing I have an eye for jewelry. I could spot the difference between glass and a diamond from fifteen feet. It's all about the shine, and the spectrum of color it creates with the light.

It also has to do with how the girl wears it. And this girl wears it horribly. She flaunts it shamelessly, practically shoving it in my face after receiving it, gushing mockingly, "Isn't it the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen? Angel just gave it to me. I was //so// surprised!"

Yeah, right. Angel Shanshu's, and she's surprised that the first thing he does is go to her. Slut. Angel is faithful to her to a //fault//, while she takes the first opportunity to get back into the dating game. First that soldier-boy, Riley what's-his-face, and then she even has the gall to sleep with Spike! Oh yes, I know all about that. She says it was just because she was confused, but she even //admitted// to using him! I hate her now more than after we'd first met. She grates against my nerves, all faux-cheerful and happy, while I have to pretend to be happy for the 'lucky couple'. Lucky my ass.

That ring would look so much better on my finger.

Buffy doesn't deserve it.