Dana: Hi, I'm home!
Max: Hi hun, how was work?
Dana: It was fine. ①Same old same old. Oh, except we hired a girl for our project team today.
Max: Hey, that's something new. What's she like?
Dana: Actually, she seems quite cool. Down to earth, 1)innovative, artsy—②a real breath of fresh air for our group.
Max: Wow, it sounds like you really dug this girl.
Dana: To be honest, I did. I haven't met anyone as interesting as her in 2)yonks.
Max: Well, why didn't you invite her for dinner tonight? You could have gotten to know her a little more.
Dana: But it's our date night tonight; I didn't want to leave you high and dry.
Max: Babe, our date night isn't written in stone. And if this girl seems like someone you really want to know, then I say go for it.
Dana: Alright, the truth is: I'm kind of scared.
Max: Scared?! Why in God's name would you be scared?
Dana: ③Good fences make good neighbours, you know? We're getting along so well at work, and I don't want to mess that up.
Max: Honey, if she's as cool as you say, then ④nothing's going to go down the tubes.
Dana: I guess I'm afraid that if I jump the gun on this one, ⑤I'll give the girl the heebie jeebies.
Max: Haha, I don't think you could give anyone the heebie jeebies, but ⑥I get where you're coming from.
Dana: It's just so hard to take that step from co-worker to friend. I never know whether I'm moving in the right direction or crossing a line.
Max: Okay, why don't we take this one step at a time then?
Dana: Sounds good…but how?
Max: Let's throw a barbeque party this weekend. You can invite a bunch of people from work, and that way ⑦it won't look like you're singling her out.
Dana: Oh hun, really? You wouldn't mind?
Max: For you? It is but a trifle, m'lady!
Dana: You're so sweet. Thanks Max!
Max: What's this girl's name anyway?
Dana: Tara. Her name's Tara.