Setting: The couple's kitchen
Sam is just getting home from work; Kate is sitting on a stool at the kitchen counter island. He starts pulling things out of his pockets to place on the island countertop.
"Oh, not there."
Sam's hand jerks back, dropping his wallet and cell phone on the floor with a thud. He bends down to pick it up.
"I wasn't going to leave it there."
"You say that, but you usually do just leave it there. I bought you a nice valet to put those things in. It's on your dresser somewhere."
Sam furrows his brows in frustration and shoves his wallet and cell phone back into his pockets.
"I'll put them up later. He kisses his wife on the forehead. "How was your day?"
"Oh, it was fine."
A raised eyebrow.
"No, really. It was fine."
"I've learned that fine for you really means I've had a rough day, but don't want to talk about it."
"So what? Was it that bad?"
"If you know I don't want to talk about it, then why are you trying to encourage me to talk about it?"
"Because you'll eventually blow up about something else if you don't talk about it. And guess who is on the receiving end of that." He hitched his two thumbs at himself. "Me."
"So, what do you want to do for dinner?"
"Great subject change. Okay, great. I'll play along. I don't know. Chinese, maybe?"
A shoulder shrug. "Meh. Not in the mood."
A moment of silence. "Oh, so you want me to come up with the suggestions so that you can shoot them down? Wonderful. This should be fun. Pizza? Mexican?"
"We just had pizza the other day. We're going out with Jess and Greg tomorrow to Casa Manana -Mexican."
"Well, Kate. Here's an idea. Why don't you just tell me what you don't want and let's go from there."
"Okay, so not Chinese, pizza, or Mexican. I don't want chicken. We just had that yesterday."
"Okay, so no chicken… Could you go for some Italian?"
"Meh, sounds better than chicken. I'm just not craving anything. Are you craving anything?"
"You already know the answer to that. I'm always craving Chinese. We hardly eat it. If we go to the buffet, you can pick and choose from lots of choices."
"Haven't you noticed? I don't do well with many choices."
"Okay. Chinese it is."