Some Kind of Hero
by Leigh Michaels
Published by Leigh Michaels at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 Leigh Michaels
First published 1991
All rights reserved
Cover illustration copyright 2010 Michael W. Lemberger
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Lauren leaned into the display window and pushed at the crumpled sheets of red tissue paper that lined it. If she flattened an area at the corner, there would be room for a small velvet box to nestle comfortably, almost against the plate glass, where no passerby could miss the ruby-studded ring it held. And then... should she put out that sterling silver bracelet with the heart-shaped links, or would the window look better with only gold?
She drew back to study the effect. It was hard to tell from her position inside the store what the finished window looked like from the outside. From this angle, it was impossible to tell if the glorious diamond in the necklace that was the centerpiece of her display caught the spotlight and fractured it into a dazzling rainbow, or if it looked as dull as a rock instead. She glanced out to the street, her head to one side, and then looked thoughtfully over her shoulder at the girl who was straightening the trays of diamond engagement rings in the display case across the store. “Kim,” she began, “could you give me a hand with this window?”