Right before calling, I scanned the ground again, (pleaseohpleaseohpleaseoh please) farther out this time and FOUND it! Upside down, so it wasn’t shining, was a cloudy day too and in the shade, have no idea how many people walked past it/on it!! it definitely came out when the slot snagged it but it just flung it a little ways. Oh my!! I was shaking for an hour after what a close call it was!! Before I found it, I had a million “why did I have to come to the library today?” etc running through my head and after “What if I’d left without looking here? What if some kid had picked it up and thought it was a RHINEstone???” Etc!! I bagged it up with a bunch of tissues and tape and then went to the mall to get it fixed, checking my pocket twenty times on the way there until they locked it up in the safe.
Anywho!! All's well that ends well, praise the Lord! Be careful at the book return! (and have your setting re-tipped every couple years, I found out the hard way!)
Do YOU have a jewelry horror story or similar to share, garbage disposal, pet swallowed etc? I'd love to know, share here, it'll make me feel better (and hopefully they too have happy endings!!!