"Who?" Derek yelled back from the bathroom, his mouthful of toothpaste.
Ruth sighed in exasperation as she put the finishing touches to her make-up. It always had to look just right.
“My parents! Have you been listening? They are back on Tuesday, from their holiday. Look, I appreciate you're not that gone on my brother, and he may be there, but I owe my parents a visit. They are not getting any younger”
Derek walked into the bedroom and slipped his arms around his wife's waist from behind. He leaned in and kissed her on the cheek. “Okay honey, if it will make you happy.” Inside though, he wished he could wriggle out of it.
Ruth took hold of her husband's hands. “Thank you honey. I'm glad you understand. I'll make it up to you tonight. “You won't regret it.”
Derek's blue eyes sparkled, and he smiled, spinning her around. Lifting Ruth up, he held her close, kissing her lips. “We're on a promise for tonight then. I'm looking forward to it.”