Genre: Gothic Romance
Type of Short Story: Short Story
Summary: George is an unhappy husband with one goal in life: to keep his wife, Lenore, happy. He unwittingly agrees to her sinister plan to make herself beautiful again, but it all backfires in a unexpected way.
Lenore emerged from the bathroom dressed: black skirt and pink blouse. George followed her straight into the bedroom.
“Wow,” he said. It had been a long time since he’d seen his wife dressed up, and for the public-eye at that.
“Wish I could say the same for you.” She sighed. “Is that really what you’re wearing?”
He took a second to observe himself. His Pittsburg Steelers shirt was clean and ironed, and so were his black jeans.
“I’ll change,” he told her. He hugged her from behind as she stood in front of the full mirror beside the dresser, burying his face in her hair. She smelled so good—and it had been too long since they’d been intimate—that he pushed her hair aside and kissed her neck.
She pulled away and busied herself in a drawer. “You think they might let you fill out the paperwork?”
It was his turn to sigh. “I doubt it, but don’t worry. You look beautiful.” It had taken him time to be able to tell her that. Not because he didn’t think she looked good, but because he was afraid that she wouldn’t believe him. Then, he realized how ridiculous his reason was.