"Honestly, did you really have to vote?" Hallum was making a fuss about it now.
Natalie knew her parents felt it was her civic duty.
"But you live in England now." Hallum looked at Natalie as if she were not being completely true to him.
Suddenly, she felt between a rock and a hard place. She'd never seen him this way. Was this a fight of some kind? She asked later when they were alone in her little room with the regular sized bed. Of course, it still looked like something from middle school with her shelves of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books and The Baby Sitters dvd collection.
"Of course, not. Its just why should you care who the president of the United States is?" Hallum glared at her as if she'd hurt his feelings. She was to pick his side. Not her parents.
"You can't be serious?" She had to laugh. "Why, does it bother you?" Was she suppose to feel bad that she'd voted?
She hugged herself, wondering who was he. This was just crazy, she thought as she sat down on the bed.
"You, are my wife now." He sighed as he sat next to her.
"Who can vote, and I did." She looked at him as if he was starting to sound weird. He could not tell her what to do.
"Its just," Hallum took her hand. "I think they've brainwashed you." He was serious.
"Brainwashed me?" She winced.
"Yeah." He squinted hard. "You know, you voted, exactly like they did." He informed her. "I know why they wanted us here now. So you could vote."
She shook her head. She didn't believe him.
"Its the way the system works. Especially, in your country. If someone has grown up Republican, they are certain to vote Republican."
"I took a survey and they said I was most certain, for the Green Party." She looked at him as if she'd called his bluff. Naturally, she voted democratic, anyway. Just because, she wanted to be different from her parents.