Every evening driving back home after work, the large billboard at the intersection lures Sara. It’s an advert of a popular holiday destination which features a woman in a floral bathing suit and a wide-brimmed hat, propped up on a chair enjoying a fruity cocktail. There’s an open book sitting on her lap which shows that she’s having a good time- reading, sunbathing and drinking exotic tropical fruit-mixed beverages.
A vacation is long overdue for Sara and her husband and the digital advertisement is an eyesore as it reminds her of the improbability of taking a holiday at this point of their careers when the promotion prospects are high.
She reaches home, freshens up, disinterestedly nibbles down her meal while ignoring her husband’s enthusiastic efforts for initiating a conversation at the table.
Before going to sleep, he pulls her towards him and wraps his arms tightly around her, “I’ve something to tell you.”
“Can it not wait till tomorrow? I am really tired.”
“Actually, no.” His brows raised in excitement. “We’re going on a vacation. I’ve already booked tickets.”
“What? How? What’ll happen to work?
“All the more reasons to take a break. Work can wait. You live only once.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction – Sept 23, 2018
Photo Credit: Anurag Bakhshi