Tricks of the Trade
“He’s so annoying.”
“Now whom are you moaning about – your boss or husband?”
“Husband.” Sonya huffed.
“Why don’t you dump them both?” Mala asked.
“Are you mad? Where would I get such a cushy job? No doubt my boss is a manipulative, vindictive micromanager but I am well compensated for my pains.”
“Divorce your husband then.”
“My parents would have a heart attack Mala.”
“You should try harder to adjust…”
“What else have I been doing? You won’t understand Mala. You had a love marriage, while I had an arranged marriage.”
“If divorce is not an option, you have to try and make the best of the situation.”
“Why not treat your marriage as just another job?”
“But what about compensation? The returns?”
“If you expect returns from your marriage, you will have to be patient.”
“Marriage is a bit like playing the market. You have to invest, often heavily. There is an ill-defined lock-in period that may last from years to decades before it starts to yield dividends.”
“What if you know the investment is never going to yield anything?”
“Do what I do. Change your own expectations and attitude. Surrender and strive for inner peace.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting the challenge and Ms Forbes for suggesting the photo. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt, click here.
For readers of Moonshine, here's Part 2: Chapter 107 and Calvin and Hobbes