(An unenclosed space.)
VOICE: Would you mind coming in here for a moment?
INDEFINITE SUBJECT: Umm?
PLEADING (WITHOUT WANTING TO SEEM SO): Please, really, no harm can come to you.
WITH SLIGHT QUAVER: Harm?
CALMING ADDRESS, PALMS UPTURNED: A figure, my friend, of speech. As if I could harm you. It’s not in my charter. Please, please me with your presence.
UNABLE TO PULL THE PIECES TOGETHER: Please?
GENTLE URGE OF AN ELBOW: Come along. Thanks. Right in here, within this enclosure. Here’s the opening.
(An enclosed space.)
That wasn’t so hard was it?
SHALLOW REFLECTIVENESS: Uhrmm, no?
FEELING THAT NOW WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE: Exactly, no. Now that we’re here, I’d like to ask you a few questions. What do you think?
PARTLY HALFWAY UNSURE: Think?
MENTAL SHEPHERD OF WAYWARD SHEEP: You’ll have to, I believe, to respond to the queries. You see, I’m interested in you. In fact, the very you of you attracts me to you. Your youness.
BASHFUL ABOUT EXPOSED ITNESS: Really?
SEIZING OF A SLIGHT AND SLIPPERY ADVANTAGE: Of course, of course. I’m saying it, you’re believing it, then it must be true. Couldn’t you tell?
GORDIAN KNOT OF CONFUSION: Yes?
DELICATE MOVEMENT TO NEXT POINT: Refreshments? They’re free. They come with the enclosure and are included with all questioning.
HUNGRY, BUT BARELY: Sure, if it’s free then. You said it was free right?
HAVING NOT INTENDED TO MISLEAD ANYONE: Well, it’s free with the questioning. Basically free you could say. Or practically. Practically free would not be an overstatement. It’s included.
CAREFUL WEIGHING OF DESIRES: One carbohydrate and one lukewarm liquid please.
EXPRESSING UNFELT SURPRISE: An excellent selection. One of the most popular combinations. Here you go.
FANFARE OF DIRECTNESS: Now, the following questions will require you to make a distinction. Please endeavor to do so. Please.
SIX SYLLABLES OF SERIOUSNESS: What’s a distinction?
KEEPING AN EYE ON THE CURVEBALL, WILL IT HANG?: In what way do you mean?
NOW UNSURE OF OWN QUESTION: In the way you were planning on using it.
RELIEVED AS UNDER A SNOWMELT WATERFALL: Oh that way. Yes. But that’s the way I’m using the word. So I’m afraid, to be fair to you, I can’t say. It’s all part of the questioning. Distinctions are your responsibility, not mine. Shall we continue?
WHATEVER: Oh. Yeah. Sure.
POINTEDLY GETTING DOWN TO IT: In the following situation which is more comely? The shank of a pinto or the actual, not metaphorical, eye of a peacock?
NOT WANTING TO FLUB ONE THIS EARLY: What was the situation?
VIEWING IDIOCY WITH VEILED SORROW: They’re standing there, side by side, the two of them.
POSITIVE: The shank.
SOFT INTAKE OF BREATH: When looking to the sky, where are your hands? Mind you, it’s partly cloudy.
GRASPING A STRAW: Over my ears.
BORROWED ENCOURAGEMENT: Good. Good. Now… if a machine can be perplexed, sexy, and scared, why are shoes preferred and sometimes required?
CONFIDENT, THEN LESS SO: Condensation. Wait no. Can I take that back? They call it sweat now I think, the concealment of sweat. That’s right, right?
THOUGHT SO: We have to move on. Which is a better conversation ice-breaker while waiting for a receipt at a toll booth, a landscape painting you saw once featuring a dilapidated stone wall or the notion that an idea is not known a priori but made up when events or stimuli occasion its need, that in fact knowledge is the memory of circumstances in which previously useful ideas arose?
DAMP FROM A SWIM IN THE PUBLIC POOL OF LOGIC: The extreme warmness of the weather. Always. That’s easy.
TENSED JAW OF FINAL RESOLVE: Okay, last one. Which pair do you most resemble: a sphere and a cylinder, a quail and a jack rabbit, a back hoe and a golf cart, the concept of a cosmic Good and the notion of intentional self-healing, a legal mandate and a political one, the slow walk to nowhere in particular and the jog?
WARMING BENEATH THE DAWN OF SENSE: The spoken and the unspoken. I think I’ve got this!
THE CHECKING OF A FINAL BOX: This is the final box I’m checking. Do you accept this?
DEFINITE SUBJECT: Yes.
PERFECTLY, CIRCUMSPECTLY HONEST: Okay, your scores will be mailed to you in six weeks. Thanks you. I mean, thank you. Here’s a coupon for future savings. Good day.
UNWILLING TO DRAW THE LINE: Good day?
DISINTEGRATING IMPETUS: Yes. Stop it. This is the end.
FULLY REALIZED SMILE: Bye.