Male: I don’t know what to do about it. I think he’s stressed.
Female: Is it a he?
Male: Well, he was already called George when I got him. My cousin moved to Shanghai just over a month ago because of her job and didn't want to take him with her. So she gave him to me.
Female: Why do you think he is suffering from stress?
Male:Well, he is very active normally. He swims around at top speed. But every time I change his water, he just remains still for such a long time. Then he swims around very slowly. I think he gets stressed each time I clean his bowl, which I do every week. I think I’m going to take him to see a vet if this continues.
Female:You’re pulling my leg! Vets are expensive. They would laugh at you if you took George to the vet and told them you thought he was stressed.
Male: What else can I do? I don’t like the idea of George being stressed and unhappy.
Female: If you really are asking my advice, I think you should stop worrying about this. You are being a bit foolish, honestly.
Male: Well, you are not an animal person, I know that. You don’t understand the connection a person can have with his pet. I have to look after George as best I can and care for him. I have a responsibility.
Female: I appreciate all that. But George is a ………! Oh, never mind. Let’s talk about something else.
Male: I’m feeling very pleased with myself. I ran 15 kilometres last night. And that was the second time I’ve been out running this week.
Female: Good for you!
Male: I’m doing a half-marathon in three weeks’ time and I must prepare.
Female:What’s with the bandage round your wrist? Did you fall over?
Male: Urgh, yeah. It happened last night.
Female: What happened?
Male: It wasn’t my fault. I was just jogging along, minding my own business listening to Adele.
Female: Wait, who? Someone was running with you?
Male: What? No. I was on my own.
Female: But you said you were listening to Adele. Who’s she?
Male: Sorry? Oh….. Adele! You must know her! That English singer. She’s got a new album and I was listening to that. I love downloading new stuff to listen to on my runs. And Adele’s new stuff is awesome.
Female: Never heard of her. Anyway, go on.
Male: Suddenly this woman jogger overtook me. I hadn’t heard anyone coming up behind me. She had a snappy little dog on a lead. The dog started to bark at me as she ran past. I thought it was going to bite my ankle. I was taken totally by surprise. I stumbled and fell over, sticking out my hand to break my fall. And I twisted my wrist.
Female: What did the woman do?
Male: She just continued running, pulling the silly dog behind her. She didn't even look back. By the time I’d picked myself up, she had vanished. No apology. No asking if I was okay. Just charming.