Mark’s rebuke made Ellen shrink back in fear. “Please don’t hit me,” she begged, knowing how he can be when he’s in a rage.
“I’m not going to hit you, Ellen,” Mark said, “but we’ve been together for what, twenty years now? Yet you somehow refuse to abide by simple things you should know about me, like that I don’t put mustard on burgers.”
“I’m sorry,” Ellen said. “I forgot. I’ll fix you another burger with ketchup and no mustard. I didn’t mean to protagonize you.”
“The word your looking for is ‘antagonize,’ not protagonize,” Mark said, correcting his wife. “Are you too stupid to know the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist?”
“You know I never made it through matriculation at college,” Ellen said defensively, “but just because I didn’t go to college doesn’t mean I’m stupid.”
“Whatever you have to tell yourself, Ellen. So are you going to fix me another burger or not,” Mark said as he tossed the burger with mustard in the trash.
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (mustard), Fandango’s One/Word Challenge (outrageous), The Daily Spur (shrink), My Vivid Blog (refuse), Word of the Day Challenge (protagonist), and E.M.’s Radom Word Prompt (matriculation). Artwork by Minjeong Kim.