Phan­tom wed­ding ring

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Save­naca Vakali­waliwa

Delta, BC, Canada

A story about the for­got­ten wed­ding ring made me laugh. What re­ally made me burst out laugh­ing was be­cause it re­minded me of a sim­i­lar story shared by the late Su­nia of Lands Depart­ment in Gov­ern­ment Build­ings in the 1980’s. Su­nia is a well known per­son in Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, be­cause wher­ever he is, peo­ple will be laugh­ing be­cause he had the gift of the gab and his hu­mour and fa­cial expression will con­vince you that he is telling the truth, when in fact he has pulled a fast one from the hip. Suva siders will re­mem­ber that back in the 70s, a batch of cheap phan­tom rings flooded the mar­ket; this was a sil­ver ring with a skull in front, like the one worn by the Phan­tom in the comic se­ries.

A rel­a­tive from the vil­lage re­quested Su­nia, be­cause he worked in Gov­ern­ment Build­ings, to be his wit­ness at his civil mar­riage at the Birth and Mar­riage Reg­is­trar Of­fice. Su­nia said he burst out laugh­ing when the mar­riage cel­e­brant asked the bride­groom for the wed­ding ring and he pulled out of his pocket the phan­tom ring to be worn by the bride. Even the mar­riage cel­e­brant tried hard to hold back his laugh­ter, but blurted out, “Looks like Phan­tom is mar­ry­ing Diana af­ter all!”

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