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"For a few hours," replied Abby, going back to her table. "I know it's a little late, but I'm not hungry yet, are you?"

"No, I'm fine," yawned Jake. "Are you still at the computer?" he sighed.

"I'm almost done," said Abby, a little surprised at his disappointment. As she struggled to regain her concentration, she became aware of him watching her from his vantage on the couch. "Why don't you turn on the television?" she suggested, hoping to get his eyes off her so she could finish her work.

"Will you watch with me?" he asked.

Expectantly, Jake sat up, making plenty of room for her on the sofa. Deciding that she could use a break anyway, Abby took her customary place on the far end of the couch while Jake turned on the television. He flipped through the channels and made the familiar gloomy announcement of,

"There's nothing on."

Unable to find anything else, Jake left it on a nature channel.

"This female black widow spider," said the announcer, "is eating the body of her mate, after copulation..."

At this, Jake quickly turned the channel. Unfortunately, it was a love scene in the middle of some movie, so he rapidly changed the channel once again. This time, Jake found a religious program, talking about one of the books of the Bible. Content, he settled back to watch the show.

"And in verse thirteen we read," said the pastor, "'A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts... '"

Discouraged, Jake turned off the television. This wasn't going the way he had hoped it would.

Restraining herself from any obvious comments that might embarrass him, Abby prepared to return to her computer.

"Do you have to keep working on that thing?" he asked.

"You're the one who turned off the set," she pointed out.

"I know, but..." Jake hesitated. He had his moves all planned out, and it would only work if they were watching television. Sensing that there was a deeper reason for all this than he was letting on, Abby asked for the remote control.

"If we have to, we'll watch infomercials," she replied.

Gratefully, Jake handed her the remote, and Abby quickly turned it to the most boring channel she could find: a math professor explaining calculus to a large roomful of students. It was dull, but it was Jake-safe.

After a few minutes, Jake made an excuse to get up. However, when he returned, he deliberately sat down next to Abby, (something which he never did).

"Did I miss anything?" he asked.

"Are you kidding?" she replied, dryly.
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