Question of Importance

“You liked to me for seven years…,” Jay said. After his wife revealed her secret he needed some air and walked out to their balcony. She followed him to try and clear the air; she did not think it was that big a deal. Jay stared out at the swimming pool under the balcony while he tried to make sense of the latest complication in his life.

“I didn’t lie,” Cammie shrugged and pushed against Jay playfully. “I just didn’t mention it. I keep telling you it’s not important.”

“It’s called lying by omission,” he said sternly. “and not important?  You’re from an alternate universe!” he shrugged. “Were you ever gonna tell me?” A kaleidoscope of butterflies fluttered between them as locked eyes. The flapping reds and golds suddenly made Jay curious about her Earth. Did they have butterflies there? Did they call them butterflies? He hoped their relationship survived this reveal; he wanted to know all about her Earth.

“If we’re counting lies of omission I guess it’s a good thing you started talking to me about work, right?” Cammie asked with a raised eyebrow.

“That’s different, it’s work.” Cammie shook her head. “Orders are orders.”

“So it’s okay if the United States government gives you permission to lie to me?”

“What?” Her logic made Jay shake his head. “No, it’s just an entirely different situation. It doesn’t have anything to do with how I feel about you.”

“Right, so we agree? As long as we love each other the details don’t matter.”  Cammie said. Jay didn’t know exactly what happened but he felt like the discussion was over and he lost somehow.

“You’re from another universe!” he repeated his only valid point. Cammie nodded.

“And?” she asked.

“Do you have butterflies there?” he asked.

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