The other beavers were quick to gossip about Victoria after Elliott left. That she had driven him away with her nagging and incessant tooth picking. That he had never hit the hamper with a single piece of dirty laundry and doused every pineapple cube in hot sauce, which was just wrong. The truth was that the couple, after three litters gone off to college, realized they had reached an impasse on where to spend the holidays--Victoria was set on a camel safari to explore the pyramids, Elliott on a tennis retreat in Vermont--and any marriage will buckle under such strain.
Music pairing: Love Is A Battlefield by Pat Benatar