It had been a weird moment at their wedding reception, Paula and Jack we’re enjoying a quiet moment when a small, old man approached them.
“Such a beautiful couple,” he said, “if you don’t mind, I’d like to bless your rings.”
Exchanging a look, but not questioning who the man was, they agreed and he took their hands in his, and spoke a language that neither of them could quite place. When he was done, he gave them their hands back.
“Marriage is a wonderful thing,” he said, “but a struggle at times. Especially when you may fall into the same old routine - which can bring comfort, but also discontentment. Of these two rings are still on your hands two years from now, another gift from me you shall receive.”
Before they could ask any questions, he left them and almost seemed to disappear entirely. They had a good laugh about it, but not long after the wedding, it had almost entirely faded from their memory.
Two years later, Jack arrived home from work, the mail in his hand. “Paula” he called out, “are you home?”
“Hey, hun,” she said, emerging from the den. “Did you grab the mail on your way in?”
He held it up. “How was work?” He asked her.
“Oh, fine. Felt like a longer day than normal since I’m so excited to celebrate tonight.” She grabbed the mail from him and gave him a kiss.
“Happy anniversary,” he said, as she leaned through the contents of the mail. “Anything good?”
“Just some anniversary cards,” she said, starting to open them.
He put the rest of his work things away when he heard her laugh in the kitchen. He walked back in.
“What’s so funny?” He asked.
“Remember that guy,” she said, “that blessed our rings?”
Jack laughed, “oh wow, yes - I’d almost forgotten about him.”
“Well,” she said, “he sent us a card. Apparently, his ‘blessing’ made our rings magic.”
“Wouldn’t we have noticed something by now?” Jack smiled.
“It turns out that they only became magic today, after two years of marriage.”
“Yep,” she said, “and they give us each the power to transform the other one and ourself as we wish. But only one of us can use it at a time, for fairness, he says that our bodies will rest each Monday, and control will shift to the other.”
They both looked at each other for a moment before doubling over in laughter.
“That’s absurd,” Jack said, “let me see the card.” She handed it to to him. “You forgot the best part,” he said.
“What’s that?” She asked.
“No one will notice except for us,” he said, “so we can really do anything we want with each other.”
They both laughed again.
“Well,” he said, a joking smile flashing across his face, “shall we experiment? The card says that ________________ gets the first week.”