I read this short story today and want to believe it changed my life. So often you find yourself midst couples who are so into each other, it becomes difficult to converse beyond a point because your eye wanders, and now you see his hand cupping her waist, now you see her finger tracing his jawline, her leg on his thighs, his hand on her butt. This is the kind of distraction outperformed only by awkward silences.
My favourite lines are — “The atmosphere was humid with his and his wife’s mutual attraction. All four of us were distracted by it as we spoke. The two of us were acting in accordance with a new law of the universe, the conservation of romantic energy, which meant that an increase in their affection had to be balanced by a decrease in ours”
Read the story here