Seize The Day!
It’s time for a change in this light-hearted complete story by Susan Wright.
An amusing story by Susan Wright
Regular routines were all very well – but Anna decided now was the time to shake things up a bit!
AS soon as she’d finished on the website, Anna picked up her mobile and phoned her husband at work. “Hi, love,” she said. “Could you pick up some fish and chips on your way home?”
“Yes, of course,” Luke replied, sounding concerned. “Don’t you feel well?”
“No, I’m fine,” Anna said before taking a sip of wine.
“So why do you want me to get fish and chips?” Luke asked. “It’s Monday, Anna, and we always have spaghetti bolognese on a Monday.”
“Yes, but I haven’t got time to cook tonight,” Anna told him. “We’re going out.”
“Since when?” Luke sounded completely astonished.
“Since I bought a couple of tickets for a musical,” Anna told him, smiling to herself as she imagined the look on his face. “Gloria at work is starring in an amateur production of ‘The Sound Of Music’, so I said we’d go along.” “But what about ‘Coronation Street’?” “What about it?” “Well, it’s Monday,” Luke elaborated. “There are two episodes on tonight.”
“So?” Anna shrugged. “I can record them, can’t I?”
“But it won’t be the same as watching them live,” Luke declared, repeating something she’d come out with hundreds of times over the years.
Anna laughed and took another sip of her wine.
“Oh, I expect I’ll cope. Actually, it’ll be better watching recordings because I’ll be able to skip through the adverts, won’t I?”
“Yes, as I’ve been saying for years.” Luke paused for a moment and then cleared his throat. “I really don’t know why you’ve bought tickets for an amateur production, though, Anna. It’ll probably be terrible. It’ll be like listening to cats f ighting all night.”
“Not if Gloria’s anything to go by,” Anna said, remembering her colleague belting out the main song in the ladies’ loo at work. “She’s got a fantastic voice. Oh, and she said I ought to join her group.” “You what?” “I should join her group,” Anna repeated. “I can’t remember what they’re called now, but they meet up a couple of times a week. They do plays as well as musicals, so I reckon it could be fun. “Do you want to join, too?” “No, I don’t,” Luke replied quickly. “You wouldn’t get me up on a stage if you paid me a million pounds!” Anna thought for a moment. “They need people to do the sets and everything as well. That would be fun, wouldn’t it?”
“I suppose so,” Luke said, not sounding very enthusiastic.
“I mean, you’re a dab hand with a paint brush,” Anna said, looking around the living-room and admiring the newly painted walls. “And it would be brilliant if we did something together for once.”
“Yes, that would be good,” Luke had to admit. “What time do we have to go out tonight, then?”
“Oh, about seven.” Anna glanced at her watch. “Apparently the audiences dress up, but I don’t think I’ve got any clothes that would pass for German.” “Austrian,” he corrected her. “Yeah, Austrian,” she said. “I don’t suppose many people will dress up anyway.”
“Well, I certainly won’t. You wouldn’t get me in a pair of those lederhosen.” Anna snorted with laughter. “Why not? You’ve got lovely legs.” “But I wouldn’t be seen dead in those! Anyway, we’d better stop talking if you want me to get fish and chips on my way home. It’s going to be a bit of a rush getting out of the house by seven, isn’t it?”
“Oh, we’ll manage,” Anna replied breezily. “We can eat the fish and chips out of the paper, so there won’t be any washing up.”
“OK,” Luke said, as Anna produced a slight hiccup. “Are you drinking?” he asked suspiciously. “Just a glass of wine.” “But it’s Monday! “So?” “So you never drink on a Monday,” he said, sounding perplexed. “Do you want me to get you cod? Or should I get you eel?”
“Eel!” Anna shuddered. “Why on earth would I want eel? You know I hate it.”
“Because you’re acting totally out of character,” Luke replied. “You haven’t bumped your head today, have you?” “No, of course I haven’t!” Luke paused for a moment. “Oh, hang on, all this wouldn’t have anything to do with the row we had last night, would it?”
“What row would that be?” Anna asked, feigning innocence.
“The one where I accused you of being boring. If you remember, I said I was fed up with being ruled by your lists, and that we ought to get out more and be more spontaneous. Then you said you’d never been spontaneous in your life, and that I should have married someone else if I wanted spontaneous.”
“Oh, that row,” Anna remarked, remembering that she hadn’t been able to sleep after it. “And?” “And . . .well, maybe you got through to me.” Anna gazed at her laptop and broke into a grin.
“Actually, I’ve just gone online and booked a weekend for two in Paris.”
“Paris? I can’t believe you’ve done something like that, Anna. And where did you find the time? You’ve only just got in from work, haven’t you?”
“No, I took a few hours off this afternoon.”
“What? But it’s Monday. You always say Monday’s the busiest day of the week!”
“Yeah, but I’ve done a lot of overtime lately and they owed me.”
ANNA grinned and ran her fingers through her newly tinted hair. “Actually, I had a lovely time this afternoon. I went to the hairdresser’s and then I wandered round the shops and bought some new silk underwear.”
“Silk?” Luke whispered, so his colleagues wouldn’t hear.
“Yes.” Anna giggled, thinking of the sensible cotton she usually wore.
She’d been hurt when Luke had accused her of being boring, but she’d been big enough to see his point – and being spontaneous was turning out to be an awful lot of fun.