When Mitchel pulled his laptop from his briefcase, a card fell on to the table. Ruby picked it up and read the front of the card before handing it back.
“Whose anniversary are you celebrating?” she asked.
“Mine,” replied Mitchell. He quickly shoved it back in his briefcase.
“I didn’t know you were married,” exclaimed Ruby.
“Three years now.”
“You’ve kept that a secret that long? I’ve known you five. When can I meet this special person?”
“Not before I’ve met her,” quipped Mitchell. He walked away to the break room.
“Hold the phone.” Ruby turned to follow, “What does that mean? Mitchell, don’t leave me hangin’ here.”
She cornered him by the coffee maker. Mitchell made a half-hearted attempt to get away.
“Someone was bound to find out eventually, he sighed.
“Might as well be me,” added Ruby.
“Her name is Jewel. We met through one of those online dating sites. Things went so well we thought, why mess it up by meeting in person? Eventually we decided to get married,” explained Mitchell.
Ruby grabbed her head. “I have a thousand questions right now. Like, how?”
“You can do all kinds of things online these days,” replied Mitchell.
“That only answers part of the question. How do you do married stuff online? You know what I mean, right? The fun stuff,” hinted Ruby.
Mitchell blushed. “We make things work,” he said, then slipped by Ruby and made his escape.
Ruby turned in immediate pursuit. “Mitchell, seriously. How do you know she is who she says she is? How do you even know she’s a she?”
Mitchell stopped. “What does it matter? Everything’s good the way it is. Why fix what isn’t broken?”
“Because it’s messed up. It’s a virtual marriage. It’s fake,” insisted Ruby.
“It’s just different, that’s all,” said Mitchell.
“Maybe, but I still don’t like it,” said Ruby.
“Nobody asked you,” quipped Mitchell.
“Well,” grumbled Ruby, “Maybe the world would be a lot more normal if they did.”