“Yes, Einstein, it’s Winter and am cold.”
“No, I mean this is not normal shivering.”
“Yeah, I tend to do that sometimes. The doctor said it was one of the side-effects. Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.”
“No, I am going to do something… And remember – this is only once, and am not going to ever do it again. Lie still.”
“Trust you to come up with stupid jokes at times like these. Lie still!”
He proceeds to rub her hands and feet vigorously to get her blood pumping. Then slowly massages her hands and feet.
“Feeling any better?”
“Yes, much. Come lie down now.”
“And now, you’re hotter than me!”
“Yes, and am very proud of it. Thanks for the compliment though!”
“You know I meant temperature you ass! Stop making stupid puns now. Come here.”
She slowly puts her aching head on his shoulders. “Can you do that thing that you do? The head massage? It’s hurting very badly now.”
“Come here, child.” he says as he slowly runs his fingers through her hair. “Better?” he asks.
“Yes, much.” she lies through gritted teeth as a solitary tear escapes.