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Rated: 13+ · Short Story · Family · #2255845
A Covid Marital Argument
363 wc entry into the "The Dialogue 500. Prompt: You and your spouse are arguing about the Covid vaccine.


I feel shot.

I told you. Didn’t I tell you? You never listen to me until it is too late.

Just kidding.

Look at me. You fainted when they needled you.

Hey, babe. I faked it. When I opened my eyes, it was you on the floor. Can’t you take a joke?

I hate the sight of blood, especially my own. Your’s just makes me feel queasy.

A tiny prick and you threw up. I thought you could stomach anything.

You’re a tiny prick, all right. How dare you. This is not a romantic date. You tricked me. Take me home. Right now.

The date was next. This was just on the way. Aren't we done, yet?

You are making me sick, is what you are making me. I feel feverish. Look at me. I can’t catch my breath. I’m sweating. I hate hospitals. You told me we were visiting a couple of old friends before going out on the town.

We are old friends. Look what I got you. This was in my pocket. Voila. Magic, a diamond necklace dangling in my hand. I was going to give it to you after a night of dancing and romance after which we isolated together in a lover’s knot at the Hilton Bridal Suite eating bonbon’s and drinking champagne.

I can’t stop coughing. I think I've got a temperature. What did you say those virus symptoms were?

O.K. You win. You need to calm down. Sit in this wheelchair and let the nurse take care of you. No shot. I actually got mine a month ago. I’ll stop arguing if you calm down.

Where do you think you are going? You're not leaving me here.

You don’t look so good. I won't crowd you. I can't mask how I really feel about you. I don't know why I even try. I love you, babe. Let them check you out and if it is what it looks like it is, I’ll come visit when they let me. Feel better?

Henry? No. You can't do this to me. All right. Just go. I'm sick of looking at you. Go. Give me some air and let me catch my breath. I'll catch a cab later. Oh. Leave the diamond necklace?



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