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A quest to find the perfect wedding gift for a mysterious cousin leads a Minneapolis couple to question their own ideas and ideals regarding marriage. A humorous (and very short) romance.  
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A quest to find the perfect wedding gift for a mysterious cousin leads a Minneapolis couple to question their own ideas and ideals regarding marriage. A humorous (and very short) romance.

 

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Chapter One: The Invitation

 

The first recorded wedding gift was the apple given to Eve by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, the serpent made an unforgivable faux pas: the Knowledge of Good and Evil was not returnable.

 

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At the coat closet, they silently perform a complicated ritual of grocery exchange, removing their jackets without putting down any of the bags. Once the jackets are off, the bags are redistributed with a coordination at once effortless and thoughtless.

 

James walks through the kitchen door first and holds the swinging door open as Paula enters. Then he lets it swing closed, stopping it with his foot without looking behind him.

 

They stand in front of their predestined locations (James at the refrigerator and Paula at the pantry) and begin to put the groceries away. When they come across an item that does not belong in their respective domains, they execute an automatic exchange, tossing the item to the other, condiments under air traffic control. Once the process is complete, the reusable cloth bags are folded and properly stored until the next shopping venture. Then they sit in their assigned seats at the kitchen table.

 

“Hungry?” Paula asks.

 

James nods.

 

The ritual begins again, except in reverse, as they coordinate the construction of two sets of sandwiches. Only the drinks differ:

 

Milk for James.

 

Diet Coke for Paula.

 

There is still hope.

 

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About Stephen

Stephen Evans is a playwright and author who came to Maryland for the waters. He was not misinformed.

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Published Reviews

Feb.17.2008

Rating: 5 of 5 of 5 by Julie (Peoria IL). A Quick Read, Quirky & Heartwarming
This was a book unlike any I've ever read before. I was hooked within the first two pages. Less than two hundred pages...

Mar.11.2008

Evans demonstrates his playwright’s mastery of dialogue and tension in his accomplished and whimsical first novel about love and the bizarre behavior it ignites. Lawyers Lena and Nick are divorced, with...

Member Reviews

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Feb.05.2012
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. Ralph Waldo Emerson   When James and Paula receive a wedding invitation from a cousin neither of them...