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This follows on from Sometimes Paying Attention Isn't As Easy As You Might Think. It was written to zianuray's prompt "I've been wondering if Rensa is starting to let her husband give her things yet."

“Lots of women receive gifts when they have a baby,” said Yannic quietly.  “What would you like?”

“There’s nothing I need,” prevaricated Rensa.

“I rather thought that,” agreed Yannic, “but what would you like?”

Rensa glanced in the direction of the crib where their baby daughter lay sleeping, the black, silver and salmon tufts of fine baby hair on her head just visible over the blanket from where Rensa was sitting.

“And not something for the baby,“ added Yannic with mock severity.  “I want to give both of you presents for yourselves.”

“But you do things for me,” protested Rensa.  “Lots of things.”

“My friends give their wives pretty things or expensive tools that they covet and I’d like to be able to say ‘See this thing that my wife wanted and I got for her’ too.  Yes, part of it is that I want boasting rights.”  Yannic sighed, “I used to give my first wife presents, and when I can’t give them to you I feel like I’m not treating you as well as I ought to.  Besides, what does it say about a man that his wife won’t accept gifts from him?”

“Oh,” said Rensa, sounding very small, “I hadn’t thought of that.  The trouble is, you gave me all the things I thought I wanted because they were things you thought I needed.”  A thought crossed her mind and she asked brightly, “What would you like to give me?”

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Maybe there's something she doesn't know she wants because it's never crossed her ideas of options....

Oh hey, I know that feeling!!

Thank you! Yes, communication is so important -- I love how you brought out the differences in perception is so few words!

Yes, there are two points of view here. Plus he doesn't want anyone to think that he cared about his first wife more....

“There’s nothing I need,” prevaricated Rensa.

That prevarication needs some poking at, but perhaps Yannic will get to it round-aboutly?

Warm fuzzies for both of them.

ETA: "expensive tools" is also a good potential in. Rensa will probably be happier when she has productive work to do -- but what would she like that to be? Not that taking care of an infant isn't also a ton of work.

Edited at 2016-10-01 05:24 am (UTC)

Yes, "Nothing I need" is different to "Nothing I want", isn't it?

Mind you, what she wants might be impossible e.g. her family and friends alive and safe....

And those wants may overwhelm anything else she might have wanted under other circumstances. :(

...so what does she actually need that she isn't saying? Yannic, if you can tell she's holding back, it might be worth asking about.

Not so much what she needs as what she wants...

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