This story was inspired by the following word prompts
Today’s things are: circus, carnival, freak show
The Awkward Surprise
It was his wife’s fiftieth birthday and he had managed to convince her he had forgotten all about it.
When they woke up that Saturday morning, he behaved like there was nothing special about the day ahead.
He’d got up, had a shower, fed the cats and then went to the corner shop to pick up the Saturday paper.
On his way back he quickly accosted the postman who was about to post some birthday cards through their letter box. He took the cards and put them in his coat pocket and only allowed the bills to pass through.
The postman gave him a strange look as he continued on his round.
Hiding round the side of the house he heard his wife open the inner door and pick up the few measly bills and slam the door again.
Stifling a laugh he opened the door with his key and went in.
“Has the mail been love?” he asked, how he kept a straight face, he had no idea.
“Only the gas and electric bills and a letter from the council about the drains, that’s all. I was expecting…”
“What were you expecting?” he asked as innocently as he could.
“Oh, Nothing. Nothing at all” She replied then went into the kitchen and slammed the door.