A vividly red 6 A.M. glares out from an electric alarm clock on the side table of the bed.
“Carol! Wake up! Do you know what time it is?”
“Well, maybe if you opened your eyes, you could see the clock!”
He gives her a gentle swat on the bottom.
“C.mon, get up! I’m going for a shower so I won’t be here to nag at you. You gotta get up now!”
The sound of his bare feet leaving the room. A door opens and shuts. Sound of a shower and an electric razor. Then, he enters the bedroom from the adjoining bathroom, tucking in his shirt.
“Carol! It’s time to get up! You’re running late!”
“What time is it?”
“Open your eyes and you’ll see! C’mon. Open your eyes and here, I’ll help you scooch around and put your feet on the ground. Now sit up. And open your eyes!!”
“C’mon. Right now! Open your eyes. If you don’t hold yourself up, I’m gonna let you fall down. So I’m letting loose, Carol. Sit up on your own or you’ll fall down!”
There is a slight and muffled percussion sound as she falls backwards on the bed.
Dammit, Carol. Okay. This is it. I’m tired of your shit. I’m just going to let you stay in bed and miss a day of work without calling in. You’ll lose your job and there goes the Hawaiian vacation!”
“Brad and Janet will be there, and Chet and Tina. Pina coladas, sunburn, sand in their toes, hula lessons and moonlit walks on the beach–and we’ll both miss it all because you’ll be unemployed and we won’t be able to afford it. Carol! Get the hell out of bed!!! Open your eyes and get up!”
OK! That’s it. I’m giving up! I’m going to work now. I’ll stop and get breakfast at Shorty’s on the way. You’ve made your bed and you can lie in it–literally!!”
Sound of a door slamming, car revving and driving away. Carol slides her feet back up on the bed and pulls the covers over her head. Gentle snoring sounds.
Seven O’clock. Phone ringing. Carol reaches out to her bedside table and answers it.
“Who is this?”
“This is your mother-in-law, dear. May I speak to Robert?”
“Your husband, dear. My son.”
Carol reaches out beside her, pats the bed.
“He’s not in bed, Roberta. Try calling his cell phone and perhaps he’ll pick up from down below. We had a late night last night and I’m sleeping in.”
“Okay, dear, sorry to disturb you.”
Sound of a phone being put back in the cradle. Almost immediate gentle snores. Twenty miles away, in early morning traffic, the gentle brrrrrrr of a cellphone is heard.
“Hello, Robert, where are you?”
“I’m on the road, Mom, about to pull into Shorty’s for a fast breakfast. What’s up?”
“You went to breakfast without Carol?”
“No, I’m on my way to work. Carol decided not to go in today.”
Silence from the other end of the phone.
“Mom, are you still there? What did you call me for?”
“Well, dear, I’m just wondering why you are going in to work on a Saturday, and why you didn’t call your dad to call off your golf game if you’ve decided to work instead!”
Sound of brakes screeching as Robert turns off at an exit and drives over the overpass to reverse directions.
(For an earlier response to this same prompt, go HERE.)
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Groupthink.” Write a dialogue between two or three people other than yourself.