“What are you talking about?”
Jillian had been rambling over breakfast, and Jake had only partially been listening until dollar amounts started getting thrown into his wife’s sentences. That, as always, grabbed his full attention. He set the paper aside and peered over the top of his glasses.
“Weren’t you listening to me?” She teased, feigning pouty lips while batty her eyelashes at the same time.
He shook his head, “No, but I am now, so what are you talking about?”
“This great new service Amy was going on about at the salon today. They come into your house and do the chores you don’t want to do. Everything is negotiable. You don’t wash the cars or pets, they’ll do it. You don’t want to help the kids with homework, they’ll do it. You don’t want to watch a show with your spouse, they’ll do it.” Jillian was brimming with excitement over the idea.
“For a price, of course,” Jake tried to tamper her enthusiasm.
“Silly, yes, of course for a price. They are providing a service, why shouldn’t they get paid?”
“Fine, but, what kind of prices are we talking here? Let’s say I want to watch “Dude, Where’s My Car” tonight, and I know you have no interest in joining, but I don’t want to watch it alone. How much would they charge for that?”
Jillian tilted her head and thought about it for a minute. “I’m not sure, I think for movies they charged by the hour and it was only $15. But there were different packages you could sign up for that included different levels of service. They could bring snacks with them to share. They could study up on facts and trivia about the movies and engage in discussions during and/or afterwards depending on your preference.”
Jake didn’t say anything, but he raised his eyebrows, obviously intrigued.
“Do you want me to find out more about them?”
“Okay, “Substitute People” added to my list for tomorrow… You didn’t really want to watch that stupid movie tonight, did you?”
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