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I perk up a little, but decide this is no good. "Yeah, but you won't want to watch it, so it won't be as fun," I mutter.

David thinks hard as he pushes the snack wrapper through the mouth of his empty soda can. "You have that new V.I.P. membership to Rama! We'll hang out downtown and eat great Thai food. And don't forget, Ellen and Kirby will be here in less than a week, so we'll get to show them around red-carpet style." I raise a brow. Yes, this sounds good, this is what I need, something to look forward to, a procrastinatory light in the middle of the responsibility tunnel.

"We can go to the zoo," I offer, forgetting David has zero interest in watching me watch animals.

"I can think of something even better," he says, a devilish smile appearing between dimples. "Once we're home, we can run around the house naked." He lifts my hand to his face and kisses the tip of my index finger. "We can..." now the tip of my middle finger, "escape to our bedroom..." ring finger, "and we can be..." thumb, " terribly naughty..." pinky, "and --"

"Shhh," I say, cutting him off and stealing a kiss from his teasing lips. "Alright, you win -- I can't wait to get home."

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