“How to Sync Your Spouse” by Russell Nichols
Card picked: 6♥
Found at: Fireside Fiction
When Menzi saw Lindiwe, his heart skipped a beat.
When Lindiwe saw Menzi, her heart froze.
And the two of them have been out of sync ever since, with his clockwork heart now a beat early and hers now a beat late.
And, while this sounds romantic, it leads to many relationship problems for the couple especially when it comes to…ahem…ScrewTime. How does one sync her spouse? You go to a watchman, of course. The watchman, though, has bad news: the couple’s irregularity is also the basis of their love. And, in spec fic fashion, Nichols offers a nice flash fiction analogy for many long-time relationships.
Russell Nichols is a journalist, playwright, screenwriter, and short story and poetry writer. All the writing things are his. More about his work can be found at his web page.