‘What’s the matter, Sameer? You are looking a bit down,’ said Dia as she sat down beside him and took his hand, drawing imaginary patterns on his wrist. Sameer looked up forlornly and said, ‘It’s nothing.’
‘Sameer, I can see something is bothering you. Tell me,’ she persisted.
‘Its ok. You watch the soap daily and you need to know what is going to happen next,’ said Sameer.
Dia now understood what could be the possible issue. She could now make sense of the earlier behavior patterns, the extra care, helping in the chores, letting her win the arguments, getting her favorite ice-cream. She straightened up.
‘Sameer, you can watch the cricket match in the other room. These matches are going to go on for a month. I cannot sacrifice my serial for a cricket match. And please do not keep me awake at odd hours.’
‘But you can at-least watch it on the smaller TV. Cricket needs to be watched on the big screen.’
There was no way Dia was going to give up the bigger TV to watch on a smaller TV.
‘Dia, let’s do it this way. During your daily soap, you can watch it on the big TV. Everything else, please adjust on the smaller screen.’
‘You don’t lose anything. You get to watch what you want. ‘
But, I will lose the husband for a month till the cricket matches are over, Dia thought feeling sad.
Sameer gloomily walked to the balcony and pumped his fists in victory.
***This has been written for the A to Z Challenge 2016. My theme is A to Z in the life of Dia and Sameer, a geek and non-geek couple. Short stories on their approach to daily life. Do you know people like them? Do share the stories with me. ***