“Darling, turn it off please.”

“But they’ve only just started the race. Look at how they’re all gaining speed. It’s magnificent!”

“The guests are here. They’re waiting in the living room. Please come over.”

“…and the corner. Look how they race around that corner! All that power and they still manage to stay on track!”

“They’ve come to see you. I’ve got your birthday cake all ready. You can’t just leave them alone on your own party!”

“Look at that yellow-black car – that’s Nelson there, in the lead now!”

“Darling, I don’t want to keep them waiting!”

“He’s a skinny lad, really tall and young! Did you know he was in his early twenties? Isn’t that young?”

The TV went blank. He looked up at her in a sour expression.

“You can’t turn off the TV that I bought!”

She stood there, remote in her right hand, fuming. “Come to the living room. You’ve got a birthday to celebrate.”

He grunted. “I never invited them.” Then he sighed and dragged himself up, stretching exaggeratedly. “Fine, fine, I’m coming already.”

He gave the TV one last sad look, muttered “Nelson’s too bloody young to win”, then followed his wife into the living room.

© 2016

Sunday Photo Fiction, May 1st 2016

10 responses to “Celebrating”

  1. Nicely concealed 🙂
    We never grow up.

    1. Nope! Thank you 🙂

  2. mandibelle16

    Lol. The husband wants to watch car racing on his birthday, not have all these guests over, he didn’t invite. I’m sure he’ll enjoy the cake but he’d like to watch the young race and maybe win. Like living through him vicariously. Nicely told 🙂

    1. I agree, he’ll enjoy the cake, but if this could go according to his plan, then he would be eating the cake while watching the race! And without all those guests 😉 Thank you!

  3. husbands have very little choice not to celebrate birthdays.


    1. Definitely amongst this couple! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Everybody’s idea of a party is different! Meaningful piece! 🙂

    1. True! This might be the exact party he wants: watching the car race and no guests 😉 Thanks!

  5. Heh this reminds me of someone I know. Even down to the “I never invited them”, but he is on the Autistic Spectrum. Maybe the husband is as well. Much rather spending time in his man cave than socialising – everyone’s preference of a birthday is different. Good story.

    1. Perhaps he is autistic, though I think he just wants to be watching the race, rather than spending time with people he never invited! Thanks for reading – I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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