The marriage counselor started out by asking the couple to tell him about their relationship.

Stace, a voluminous and quiet woman, began, “When we met, God knows when, Tim seemed like the perfect catch. He was energetic and forward-looking. But he was also evasive and difficult to get to know. He rushes through life and never stops to enjoy things.”

“Thank you, Stace,” the doctor said, “And you, Tim, how would you describe your marriage?”

Tim was his wife’s opposite, lean and lively. “In the beginning,” he said, “I was charmed by her youth, her beauty and tiny size. But she started expanding and her growth accelerated. Now it’s out of control.”

Obviously hurt, Stace interrupted him. “And because of your constant racing, you’re so thin that you’re virtually invisible! You can’t stand still for a second. It’s stressing me out!”

Tim raised his voice. “You have become a hoarder!” He turned to the doctor, “She thinks I’m … money! She wants everything and engulfs it all.”

“And you’re a cold monster!” Stace retaliated. “While I embrace things and beings, you destroy them. Plants, animals – even humans! – wither and die in your presence!”

The doctor listened while stroking his unruly white hair. “Let’s take time-out and do an exercise,” he said. “Please, join hands and look into each other’s eyes. Try to accept that you are very closely connected. Although you look and act differently, you are basically made of the same fabric. The relativity between the two of you is very special.

“Tim, the expansion you see in Stace is linked to your own behavior. It’s your energy that’s extending and taking shape as this luminous creation What Tim offers, Stace, is not only destruction, but also birth, change, and life. All you have is because of him. Without him you would stagnate!”

When the session was over, the couple were at peace. “Nobody understands us better than you, doctor,” they agreed.

“Your relationship fascinates me,” the doctor smiled. “You’re inextricably linked to each other. I’m certain that you’ll hobble along together forever.”

“Goodbye, Doctor Einstein.”

“Shalom, Tim and Stace.”

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2 months ago

Not every reader will understand all the references here, but those who do are in for a treat. Worth reading many times to see if you missed anything! A very unique and creative take on the “Time” prompt.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
2 months ago

Ah, great – er – generally relative names. Love the story. Good stuff!

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Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
2 months ago

I found that with my Karl Starwin story too. I think your story hit me as soon as I saw the title – perhaps it has something to do with subjects that interest you. Thoroughly enjoyable story. One of my favourites this time round.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
2 months ago

I enjoyed reading this, Christer. How often do people miss the good things or people right in front of them and just see the negative. I think this is a story many readers would relate to. Well done.

Jess Maynard
Jess Maynard (@jess-maynard)
2 months ago

Love this story Christer! Einstein never managed to create a theory of everything and now we know it’s because therapy failed. This made me smile 🙂

Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
2 months ago

A tour de force about a “marriage” not exactly made in heaven, but perhaps forged from the cosmos! This is worth many consecutive readings, perhaps with writings by Einstein or Stephen Hawking close at hand. What a writer you are, Christer.

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Fuji (@fuji)
2 months ago

Your metaphor of a troubled marriage is such a great setting for this wonderfully creative story, Christer. I do hope, with the help of Dr. Einstein and others, these two continue to “hobble along together” forever!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

I love it, Christer. This is very relatable to many. Well-written.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

You’re welcome, Christer.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
2 months ago

It definitely took a couple of readings to get my head around this story, Christer! But when I did… bingo! I loved it! I second Julie when she says ‘what a writer you are’. So cleverly done… Einstein, I’m sure, would approve!

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
2 months ago

I love the story, I think we all need a ‘doctor’ like this to tell us what to do or see. Good job! 🙂

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Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
2 months ago

You are right, this is what we need to hear often. 🙂 I really enjoy reading your stories.????

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