Ray Bradbury - The Marriage Mender
After two years of marriage to Antonio, Maria begins to complain about their bed. Their bed is unique, having gargoyles, lions, and goats carved into the headboard, alongside an imitation brass harp. Antonio loves this bed. Nightly he strums the harp strings, playing the tune "Santa Lucia." For him, the bed is a family heirloom, but, more importantly, the bed springs "know" his every move. Maria claims the bed is filled with lumps and humps. Moreover, she blames the bed for their not having had any children thus far. If their marriage is to be saved, Maria must have a new bed, one that is flat and smooth and white.