Andrea: You haven’t mentioned your boyfriend Paul for ages. How long have you two been together now? It must be almost six months.
Julie: Yes. I met him at a friend's Christmas party. He asked me out there and then that evening. We went for dinner and to the cinema the following Saturday.
Andrea: Are things still going okay?
Julie: Erm.... well, to tell you the truth, the wheels are starting to come off. We still see each other two or three times a week, but I don't know… we are arguing quite a lot, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth carrying on.
Andrea: I’m sorry to hear that. When you introduced us all to him at the office dinner, I thought he was a really nice guy. He seemed to get on with everyone. Including the boss’s wife ….. and that’s no mean feat!!!
Julie: I know … everyone in my family thinks Paul’s great. But when we’re alone, we disagree over the smallest thing, and Paul always has to get his own way. We can’t agree over which restaurant to go to dinner; we can't agree on what movie to see at the cinema. When I want to do one thing, Paul wants to do the opposite. It’s as if he takes pleasure in disagreeing with me.
Andrea: Oh, that’s not good. What are you going to do about it? Have you told him how you feel? The best way to work out this sort of situation is always to communicate!
Emma: How are your plans going for the working holiday you were setting up the last time I saw you? Where have you decided to go? Australia or England?
Zak: Ugh! the working holiday! Don’t talk to me about that!
Emma: Why? What’s happened? You had everything almost set up the last time I spoke to you.
Zak: Well, I’m sorry to say that the wheels have come off that plan. Things have not worked out as I’d hoped.
Emma: What’s happened?
Zak: You know I was going with Alan, a colleague. We’ve both been working for a couple of years and thought it would be a good idea to take a break. We’d got jobs lined up in London. Alan was going to work in a coffee shop and I’d got a place in a men’s clothes shop right in the middle of London. We found both jobs online.
Zak: Yeah, so far, so good. We had no problems getting the two-year working holiday visa. It looked as if we were all ready to go. London’s an expensive city, and we’d started to look around for a place to rent. We were going to share to cut down on accommodation costs.
Emma: Good idea.
Zak: It was at that point that Alan dropped the bombshell and the wheels came off our plans. I knew that he had a girlfriend, but I didn't think it was anything serious. But suddenly, Alan announced that he couldn’t go to London. He was going to get married instead!
Emma: What? He just told you that out of the blue?
Zak: Yes. No warning. Nothing. We’d been planning this thing for six months, and boom, everything’s up.
Emma: Can’t you go on your own now the situation’s changed?
Zak: I thought about that, but money that’s the problem. I don't want to spend everything I earn on accommodation. But all is not lost! I’ve put an ad online to see if I can find anyone else going to London on a working holiday and who would be interested in sharing a room. Fingers crossed!