[Olivia and Grace meet at a work conference]
Grace: Hi Olivia – that was a really good talk. How are you? I was going to call you last week but it got busy – you know how it is!
Olivia: I am well and yes the talk was good. I am well.
Grace: that’s great – let’s have some tea and a gossip before the next lecture.
[Grace and Olivia pour tea and milk into cups and sit down in the corner of the conference room]
Grace: So…what new?
Olivia: Not much – just ticking along
Grace: Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Olivia: I don’t know – feeling a little low these days
Grace: Really? I thought things had settled down? Did you talk?
Olivia: I wonder if I am being selfish staying in this relationship?
Olivia: well he is not 100% happy and I can’t seem to be able to make him happy
Grace: what about you? Are you happy?
Olivia: well I am happy when he is happy…
Grace: that’s not really an answer. Are you happy in this relationship?
Olivia: well at the moment there things that are putting stress on us?
Grace: well that’s normal – life is not perfect
Olivia: but I don’t know what to do to make it better
Grace: hmm – do you like being with him , enjoy spending time with him?
Olivia: of course I do – that’s the best part, but I can’t say that the feeling is mutual.
Grace: hmm…what are you saying?
Olivia: I wonder if he is unhappy when he is with me
Grace: only one way to find out
Olivia: I’m scared
Grace: well – the truth will declare itself soon enough
Olivia: that’s what I am afraid of
Grace: you have to face life as it – speaking of which, back to work!
[Grace and Olivia place their empty teacups on the table and return to their seats]