Escape Pod 151: Behind the Rules
Rated R. Contains strong language and relationship drama.
Infected by Scott Sigler
Closing music: “I Feel Fantastic” by Jonathan Coulton.
Behind the Rules
By Stephanie Burgis
The first Jacqui wrote me out a list of instructions thirty pages long. It contained all her history with Robert, in detail. It gave me a list of all the things to say and do when he’s hurt, or angry, or depressed. I think she was the perfect wife. When I think about how hard it is to measure up to her, my stomach feels twitchy.
I’d been doing this job for three months. It was supposed to get easier with time, not harder.