Just before he left the house on Thursday morning, Adeline asked him, "Do I still taste sour to you?"Norman didn’t mean to hurt Adeline’s feelings. Sure, it was a little insensitive of him to tell his wife of one year that she tasted ... unpleasant when he kissed her. But she took it so hard, much harder than the offense warranted. Now she’s inconsolable, and Norman can’t seem to do anything to make it right. But he has other problems now. He can’t seem to taste Adeline at all.
Norman looked at her reproachfully.
"Well, do I?"
He slipped his arms around her waist and nibbled at her throat.
"Tell me now," said Adeline.
Norman looked submissive.
"Aren't you going to let me live it down?" he asked.
"Well, you said it, darling. And on our first anniversary too!"
"Now you can’t taste her at all," said Dr. Phillips.The story’s inverted symmetry is as elegant as it is effective. As Norman’s suspicions mount, his senses fall away one by one -- but only as they relate to Adeline. The climax, simultaneously horrific and heart-rending, calls to mind the rarity of true love. Over the years I have learned that my wife loves me with a passionate, tough-rooted affection that abides even though she knows me and my failings. I can think of few things more beautiful when received or more terrible when denied.
Norman smiled. “I know it sounds ridiculous," he said.
"Well, it’s unique, I’ll give it that," said Phillips.
"More than you think," added Norman, his smile grown a trifle labored.
"I have no trouble tasting anything else."
You can read “First Anniversary” in Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories By Richard Matheson.