For all of their twenty years of aging together Rupert and Karina have spent most of their time loving each other and less than 1% of this time destroying the joy of the other 99%.
There was a game that began with Karina asking a question followed by Rupert’s impatient reply that he’d already answered that question; perhaps two or three times.
Karina would then insist that Rupert had done no such thing.
Sometimes Karina would scream this reply and Rupert would respond a decibel or two higher; usually the first to yell obscenities was Rupert.
Why then, have they done this for twenty years?
Do they hate each other for the wrongs of a parent?
Are they victims of an Alien game being played on a planet in another galaxy?
Perhaps this horrible game is not so horrible after all; perhaps it is what keeps them together.
Perhaps they are just very, very lonely.
I wonder what Rupert meant when he said I’m never again going to sing The Star Spangled Banner; never, never, never.
Such a weird couple.