Herbert had begun to email his first Ex-Wife ten years ago.
His first missive was two sentences. He didn’t know if she would answer so he didn’t want to put himself into a weak position.
His ex-wife responded with two sentences.
His reply was one sentence.
She responded with a paragraph concerning someone he used to know.
He wanted to answer, wanted to question, but! Herbert had decided before he made the first keystroke that he would only make 2 short emails a month.
He could not respond.
His ex-wife wrote again, enlarging on the topic, but bound by his rules; Herbert could not answer.