Married couple, Chris and Rachel have decided to meet after work for a meal at their favourite Japanese restaurant. They don’t normally celebrate Valentines, but without speaking about it, both have felt a little disconnected from each other lately – their frantic schedules and pressures at work have meant their “we time” has gone begging.
Secretly, they’re both really looking forward to the night and are excited by their expectations for the evening.
….. It proved to be terrific dinner, the wine they chose was a favourite and they hadn’t ‘talked and laughed about nothing’ like that in ages.
Arriving home, Rachel placed her hand in Chris’s lap, gives him that (Her) devilish look and quickly gets out of the car.
On the porch, they exchange a warm kiss as Chris fumbles with the door keys.
Both are feeling loved up – their chances for “getting lucky” tonight is good.
As Rachel heads to the bedroom, she’s already pulled her hair out and cautions to Chris she’ll, “only be a minute, “I’m just getting comfortable”.
Chris is thinking Rachel’s “comfortable” tonight is not the usual tracky-daks and T-shirt. He bee-lines for the sound system and his Spotify, scrolling through his library favourites until he finds the right one, ‘Midnight Moods’. The house fills with the chocolate smooth sounds of Sade’s, ‘Smooth Operator’.
Perfect, there’s a bottle of Champagne in the fridge. Degorging the cork and grabbing a couple of Champagne flutes, with eager dexterity Chris manages to unbutton his shirt with one hand and awkwardly balance their night-cap drinks in the other.
As he makes it to the bedroom Rachel is there, enticingly beautiful, laying seductively on the bed in black lace and heels. The room is diffused in her perfume. She’s lit candles on the bedside tables and a flickering warm glow dances over her face and skin.
“Thank you, Sweetheart for taking me out for dinner tonight, the food was amazing”.
“It was great, but so it should have been for the cost! We’ll need to cut back our spending this month.” [Chris’s first mistake of the evening]
“Let’s not worry about that, now, says Rachel. “Maybe you can cancel your golf weekend with the Boys?” [Now, Rachel’s first]
“Or, maybe you can skip going to the hairdresser, on Saturday! I’ve been working bloody hard.”
“And, I don’t work, too?", Rachel rebuts.
Then, how these exchanges always go, it all finished before it got started. ‘Smooth Operator’ somehow screeched into Dragonforce’s, ‘Valley of the Damned’.
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