"Has anyone seen the Christmas Cake?" I ask as I shove stuff around in the fridge.
Our youngest son and our grandson were playing a video football game, The Hubster was reading on the couch, eldest son and daughter-in-law were in another room watching a movie.
I waited a couple of minutes, looking in a few cupboards just in case someone hadn't realized it needed refrigeration, then asked again.
Youngest son suggested that perhaps oldest son had finished it off. I was just about to walk down the hallway to see if there was any left when I glanced at my spouse's face.
It was twisted in a grimace that could only be guilt or shame.
"Sweetie," I inquire as gently as possible, "Did you eat the rest of the cake?"
Sweetie's foot at the end of his left leg perched across his right knee began to flap furiously. He steadfastly stared at his book and remained mute.
"Steve!" I spoke more sharply. "Do you know what happened to the rest of the cake?"
"Yes!" he barked. "I ate it! I didn't get any last night!"
"We had brownie sundaes for dessert last night, Dear, not cake."
"Well, I didn't get any and I should be allowed to eat anything I want!" insisted He of imagined dessert deprivation.
"But Sweetheart, there were two big pieces, or four small pieces left!" proclaimeth I, growing aggravated. "We could have each had a piece as well as the two kids. I wish you could have checked with me before eating it. It was there when I put our dinner leftovers away a little while ago!"
"You told me three weeks ago that I talk too much and you didn't want to hear me speak again!" blurts Hubby.
My exasperation was growing.
"True, but that was in response to your third day of yabbering on and on about something that was done and over. I told you that we couldn't go back and change that situation, so we just had to live with it. It had nothing to do with the cake tonight!"
"Well, but you once said..." He seemed preparing to launch into other situations and excuses.
I held up my hand to stop him. "Never mind. I'm going to bed."
I grabbed my phone and book, and I did exactly that.
With no excuses, lol.