After Dinner Conversation

Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2023

Kevin Ramirez
Pages 48-62

Recapturing the Spark

Can an open marriage ever work? What rules should a couple set in an open marriage? In this philosophical short story fiction, Christine and Henry are preparing for date night, but it’s not with each other. After 11 years of marriage, they are going to couples counseling and have decided that opening up their marriage might help. There are rules though; text ever 30 minutes, no dating people they know. Henry meets his date, Erin, and explains the situation in more detail, which she knew going into their first date. Erin reads the text messages from Christine and helps Henry interpret their meanings. She also helps him understand the real situation his marriage is in. In the end, Henry heads home while Christine heads to the next bar with her date. Henry is starting to wonder if this was the plan all along.