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“Gah! I have to stop reading this trash.”

Adrian struggled with the newspaper, trying to get all the pages and creases aligned so that he could fold it properly. He gave up in a huff, leaving a crumpled mess on the counter.

“What’s gotten you so agitated?”, Lauren asked.

“What?”, he snapped. “I’m not agitated.”

He crossed his arms and furrowed his brow. Lauren’s eyes twinkled as she concealed a grin. He uncrossed his arms, positioning one on the counter. She couldn’t help but giggle as he rapped his fingers.

“What is it?”

She leaned her head towards the newspaper, and then looked back up at him.

“It’s trash,” he grumbled. “We’re wasting our money on something devoid of journalistic talent.”

She picked up the phone.

“I’ll call to–”

She chuckled at his interruption and continued dialing as he ranted.

“Hi, I’m calling to cancel our subscription. Also, my husband would like a job.”

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