He observed that she had turned secretive and mysterious. All his gentle hints, probing and leading questions didn’t lead anywhere. What was she hiding? Had she messed up the finances again? But everything seemed to be in order. Or had she damaged something he cherished? A quick check and then a detailed one showed that wasn’t the case too. Had she found somebody else? Is that why she looked so happy and startled so guiltily when he came across her suddenly?
He swung between outrage, anger, depression and plain old sadness. Finally, he decided to set his pride aside and beg her to stay with him – he didn’t want to know her secret. He just wanted her in his life. When he said the same thing to her, she was so surprised at first that her mouth actually hung open for a long time. He thought that she was not convinced and so spoke a lot. When she finally got over her surprise, he was disconcerted to see her break into a belly laugh, which threatened to never end.
She finally confessed her secret – she had decided to finally work towards her passion and had signed up for an online class on high school biology. She hid it from him because she was afraid he would scorn and tease her. After all, she had just turned 57 last month but had never mentioned her goal to be a botanist!
Note – set a target for 200 words – however have exceeded that. Need finer editing skills. 🙂