Veronica and Richard were spending what was intended to be some precious time together. Precious because, with a young family, they struggled to find time together. They had nothing specifically planned -- just running a few errands.
But Richard was a bit distant -- even, perhaps, just a bit ornery.
And Veronica, in a kind way, had asked if there was anything bothering him.
Richard bristled -- asserting that he was neither ornery nor was there anything wrong.