“You do the popcorn and I’ll melt the butter.”
“Don’t you mean margarine?”
“For Pete’s sake, James, why do you have to be so obtuse?! You know exactly what I mean.”
“Words matter, Ginny.”
“Whatever. I’m going to have a glass of wine. You can do the butter–I mean margarine–yourself.” Placing the tub on the kitchen counter, Ginny patted the lid of tonight’s object lesson and gave James The Look.
She’d refined it over their eleven years, each year providing more opportunities for practice. She cocked her head and tightened her lips while simultaneously rolling her eyes and sighing through her nose. The Look communicated far more than its parts: frustration, contempt, weariness, and something else. Something more. Something akin to resignation but that still had room in it for disappointment. Something that had room for hope.
Watching Ginny leave the kitchen, James gave out a sigh of his own, then turned back to the popcorn maker. He’d already measured the popcorn, so he poured it in, replaced the lid, and centered the big bowl perfectly under the spout. Only then did he plug the machine into the outlet, wondering, like always, why it didn’t have an of/off switch.
He scooped out a quarter-cup of margarine, scraped it into the little bowl, and put it in the microwave for 20 seconds. The popcorn was exploding now, cascading down the spout, filling the bowl, but, as always, leaving behind a few dud kernels to aimlessly spin in the hot whirlwind.
“Ginny, the popcorn’s ready. Would you start the DVD?” He was hoping his offering would melt the tension; either that, or that she’d had enough wine.
James reached to pull the plug, wondering if this would be the time he’d get shocked.
Ten minutes later, Ginny walked into the room: “James, aren’t you coming?”
She picked up the big bowl of popcorn, and, with her back against the refrigerator, slid down to sit on the floor next to him. “This needs butter.”
Word Count: 333
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