A: Can you give me a lift tomorrow? My car’s still in the shop. The part didn’t come in.”
B: I had planned to run my errands on Tuesday, but tomorrow will do. Seven-thirty okay?
A: Super. Thanks.
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B: Sorry I’m late. I’ll still get you there on time.
A: It’s only five minutes. Shouldn’t be a problem.
B: I like to be prompt, though.
A: Admirable. Punctuality’s your middle name. What kept you?
B: Box of pups. Dumped. Again.
B: Pups, kittens usually. You live half a mile off the road. You don’t have to deal.
A: What breed?
B: Mutts, probably. Eyes still shut.
A: Did you leave them in the barn?
A: I remember you saying you don’t like animals in the house.
B: I don’t.
A: Aren’t you going to take care of them?
B: I did.
A: I hope they stay warm until you get back.
B: They won’t.
A: But, oh. No! You didn’t! How? No, don’t say. But, why? There’s that rescue place…
B: Twelve miles the opposite direction. And I promised to get you to work.
A: I thought you loved animals.
B: I do.
A: It’s so sad, though. And cruel. They never had a chance, did they?
B: Not left in a cardboard box by my driveway.
A: Poor little helpless things.
B: You’re upset.
A: Of course I’m upset. It’s very upsetting, that you couldn’t be inconvenienced.
B: Not and stay punctual. And here we are, right on time. The sidewalk’s full of people today.
A: Protesters. They can’t restrict access. We can’t call the law unless they trespass or harass the clients. Run them over if you have to.
B: I’d rather not. Here you go. Door to door service. Will you need a lift home?
A: I’m good. My car will be ready… I just hate that you… Well. Thanks, anyway.
B: Have a nice day.
A: You, too.