“Awesome!” she exclaimed, taking off the earphones.
“What’s awesome?” he asked without taking his eyes off his laptop screen.
“Cough syrup is awesome!” she replied dreamily. “Young the giant is amazing!”
The physicist looked up, startled by his wife’s words. Why was she talking gibberish? Was she crumbling under the pressure of her work? He kept his laptop on the side table, walked around to her side of the bed and sat.
“Are you OK, honey?” he asked anxiously.
In a daze, she mumbled, “Life’s too short to even care at all. Oh! I’m losing my mind, losing my mind, losing control. These fishes in the sea, they’re staring at me. Oh, oh! A wet world aches for a beat of a drum. Oh!”
He was convinced this was a complete breakdown. He didn’t know what to do. He decided to calm her down first.
“Darling, you’re too tired. Why don’t you lie down and sleep?”
Still looking glassy-eyed, she whispered, “If I could find a way to see this straight, I’d run away to some fortune that I, I should have found by now. I’m waiting for this cough syrup
to come down, come down.”
Tears were streaming down his cheeks. He went down on his knees, hands clasped together, closed his eyes and pleaded, “God, please, please do anything else, but don’t let this happen!”
She started laughing hysterically. He stood up, sobbing. She stood up and hugged him, still laughing uncontrollably.
After a minute, her laughter subsided. She looked into his eyes and said, “My beloved mad scientist husband, there’s nothing wrong with me! When I realised you didn’t know I was talking about the song ‘Cough Syrup’ by the band ‘Young the Giant’, I decided to play a prank on you. The stuff I was mumbling was lines from the song. I’m so sorry I overdid it! But, now I know how much you love me!!”