“Why do you always try to needle me into doing things I don’t want to do?” Ralph said to his wife, Alice.
Alice pulled the TV remote out of Ralph’s hand, pointed it toward the television and zapped it off. “Ralph Kramden,” she said, “I’m tired of our life together. Since you retired from the bus company, all you do, day and night, is watch TV. It’s a sickness within you, Ralph, and I’ve had it. I’ve tried various and sundry approaches to get you up and off that sofa and to motivate you to do something, anything, besides watch that goddam TV, but nothing works. I could parade in front of you buck naked and you wouldn’t take your eyes away from that damn screen.”
“One, two, three, four….”
“Are you doing a countdown, Ralph?” Alice asked.
“Yeah,” Ralph said, “and by the time I reach ten, you either have to strip naked and strut for me, hand me back the remote and leave me alone, or it’s pow, bang, zoom, you’re going to the moon, Alice.”
Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (needle), My Vivid Blog (remote), Ragtag Daily Prompt (zap), The Daily Spur (sickness), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sundry), and Word of the Day Challenge (countdown).