“You are asking us?”
The lady Jill trumpeted at him but her look was triumphant.
“Okay, okay, I know.”
“Yes, it’s about the book, isn’t it? That’s what has been missing. Opposites can be complementary.”
“Yes, look at the two of us, Jack. Weren’t we meant for each other?” said the other Jack, a blissful look on his face as he kissed Jill on her meaty jowl. The other Jack nodded and turned.
It took him a fair bit of searching but when he finally found what he was looking for, in the back of his son’s cupboard, he knew exactly which page to turn to.
Jack Spratt could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see,
They licked the platter clean
When he returned to his desk, the couple had gone. Back into his imagination, ensconced in their rightful home with all correct formalities. He turned to his work. That prologue would not be needed now. He scrolled to the top of the document and deleted the bold line right at the top. He had a new title. He typed it in and read it. Then he backspaced and interchanged two words. The lady had saved the day so it was only proper she be mentioned first.
A Meal For Jill & Jack Spratt hit the stands two months later.