A Not So Happy Anniversary

It was their tenth anniversary and he had arranged to take her out to her favorite restaurant. Suddenly his cellphone started to vibrate and Jeff pulled it out of his back pocket and started to read his text message. Tina picked up her water glass and tossed its wet contents in his direction.

Jeff ducked to one side so that most of the water missed hitting him in the face. “What the fuck, Tina?” he said, picking up his napkin and drying off his phone.

“It’s our anniversary, Jeff,” Tina said, tears welling up in her eyes. Can’t you even attempt to make me a priority for just one night?”

“Are you serious? Where’s the gratitude for all the years I’ve devoted to you and our family?” Jeff asked his wife. “Why are you always so volatile? You’re embarrassing yourself.”

“Maybe if you experienced a just a little of the emotional abuse you’ve been putting me through for years, you might appreciate the anguish I’m feeling. But go ahead and respond to whatever text message you got. I know where your priorities lie.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (direction), Ragtag Daily Prompt (duck), The Daily Spur (gratitude), Your Daily Word Prompt (volatile), and Word of the Day Challenge (anguish).

13 thoughts on “A Not So Happy Anniversary

  1. Marleen March 14, 2021 / 3:39 pm

    Yeah, sure, she (only she) should feel “gratitude” and not a sense of teamwork and togetherness. (Now, if there’s some other backstory, we don’t know about that.) Interesting fitting together of the prompts; well done.

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