by Bob Jacobs

My wife can travel faster than light. She thinks it’s funny. Yesterday I got up from the sofa and she asked where I was going. “Going for a pee,” I said. Halfway up the stairs I saw the tell-tale flicker, a brief shimmer in the air. You have to know what you’re looking for or you’d never notice. By the time I reached the toilet the door was locked and she was in there, laughing secretively.

I’ve never complained about her putting on weight. Over the years she tried every diet going and I gave her every encouragement, but each Christmas she’d be heavier than the one before. I told her that I loved her and I meant it, but at almost twenty stone she didn’t love herself and couldn’t believe that I did either. She could hardly walk and would barely fit through the door frame.

One night, after she’d gone to bed, she came down without me noticing and caught me on She cried all night. I said I was sorry and tried to reassure her, but I ended up in the spare room. The next day she joined Weight Watchers, the following week she signed up at the gym. She started a five-veg-a-day thing, then took up jogging, and she just got faster and faster.

This morning I knew something was up. The air didn’t stop shimmering all the time I was eating my cornflakes. She appeared in front of me and said, “I’m leaving you.” I asked why and she said she was bored and wanted to make a fresh start somewhere else. When I asked her where she was going she said, “Gliese 581 c. It’s a planet.”

I looked it up on Wikipedia while she packed her stuff. “But it’s over twenty light years away,” I told her. She said she thought she could make it in a few hours if she pushed herself. The last time I saw her she wore a heat resistant suit, with a polo neck jumper underneath, and a sealed glass helmet. She carried an oxygen cylinder, five portions of veg and some clean underwear. The air shimmered, the clouds shuddered, and that was it. She was gone.

After she left I went back on, but as I browsed the pictures it was my wife I was thinking of.

Bob Jacobs lives in the south-east of England with his wife and kids and Sony Vaio.

  1. #1 by Bob Clay on November 4, 2007 - 1:19 am

    Thanks for the comments Bob and congrats also on your story.

    I remember reading about Albert Einstein who, when figuring out Special Relativity, imagined himself to be riding along on a beam of light, looking at himself in a mirror.

    It does your head in just thinking about it. :-)

  2. #2 by Anonymous on February 20, 2008 - 7:31 pm

    I remember this one Rob, I still chuckled at it.


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