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L: “Hey, I’m home.” E: “You’re back early tonight.” L: “I wanted to see you.” E: “Huh? Really?!” L: “Yeah! Make me dinner!” E: “Oh, ok.” L: “No, no, I was trying to make a joke, sorry.” E: “Do you want me to cook for you or not?” L: “Yes please.” E: “How about paella?” L: “That would be incredible! Thank you!” E: “Hey, today is the end of our week of living together.” L: “Oh.” E: “Hey, you know, I’ve been thinking-” L: “Erik, I-” E: “Huh?” L: “Sorry, I- Go ahead.” E: “No, no. What were you gonna say?” L: “Um.” ... “I really think that living with you has been beneficial to my... Productivity levels. And, I, um-” E: “Aw, Lis. Why can’t you just say what you feel?” L: “What?” E: “’Wow, Erik! This past week has been great! I think we should be roommates forever and ever!’ See?” L: “I don’t talk like that.” E: “Whatever.” L: “Come on. You know I’m bad at expressing myself.” E: “Guess I just get a little tired of having to guess at what you’re feeling.” L: “I know, I know, I know. I’m so sorry. I don’t know why you let me stay here.” E: “Well, I’m cooking you a paella, so clearly I’m not that mad.” ... “Lisem, you can stay with me for as long as you want.” L: “Ok.” E: “BUT- No more lies. Ok?” L: “mmmmrgh.” E: “At least try, ok? ...For me?” L: “I’m trying already- but-” E: “I know, and I appreciate it. But... I just want to feel like I’m not constantly drowning.” L: “I’m sorry I make you feel this way.” E: “You don’t. I’m just... I have a lot of things going on right now.” L: “I’m sorry.” E: “Not your fault. I’d just appreciate it if you could... Well, not even for me. I just want you to feel like you can talk to me.” L: “Of course I do.” E: “Then why don’t you?” L: “I don’t know. I just don’t want anything bad to happen.” E: “Lis, nothing bad is gonna happen if you talk around the house. I can promise that.” L: “No you can’t.” E: “Why not? It’s just me, and I can control me.” L: “Mm... Good point.” E: “I may not be very smart, but I know how to keep a secret.” L: “You have tons of good qualities.” E: “I’m not looking for your patronizing- patronization- pa-” L: “Just say pity.” E: “Fine, fine.” “Ok, that’s enough moping! You’re gonna help me by seasoning this chicken.” L: “Aw, what?!” E: “Gotta earn your keep!” L: “But I just got hooome!” E: “Sorry for being a dick.” L: “No, you’re fine. I’m sorry for being such a wreck.” E: “No, no, you’ve got a lot on your plate.” L: “Let’s just both be wrong, I guess.” E: “Yeah, ok.” ... “Sometimes I feel like I care so much about you, I’m gonna explode. And I guess that feeling makes me do stupid things. I’m sorry.” L: “...I don’t know what to say.” E: “I know. I’m pretty dumb, huh?” L: “No, I... Thank you.” E: “Oh. You’re welcome?” L: “But I can’t say... I don’t feel the same.” E: “Oh, thanks. Now help me make dinner.” L: “Fine.”