Setting: Bar, table, lots of empties on the table, they all sit, twisting their fingers on the table, folding napkins, other useless stuff, something to indicate that no one wants to talk; something bad has been said.
Nick: (long pause at start, maybe thirty seconds, finally) Listen, I didn't mean it that way.
Mira: (angry)Ha! How did you mean it?
Quew: I'd like to know too, Nick; what exactly could you have meant saying something like that?
M: I don't see what possible explanation you could have.
Q: Perhaps he thought it was a funny metaphor or something... oh, oh, I've got it... he was thinking that we were uncaring and unthinking and completely empty-headed.
M: And! We were cretins; a good possibility...
N: Let me explain...
Q: Hey, Mira! I'll bet he thought we weren't here; you know, like he was talking to empty chairs.
N: No, I was talking to both of you. You're my friends.
Q: Surprise, surprise!
M: You certainly don't know how to show it.
Q: I mean we dragged you from the shadows!
M: No, no! We dragged you from the alley!
Q: Lifted you up!
M: And showed you the light!
Q: We taught you taste!
M: Gave you distinction!
Q: Separated you from the dregs.
M: Lifted you up!
Q: I already said that, Mira.
M: Well, we each did it, in our own way.
N: Listen! Alright! I'm sorry!!
Q: Apology definitely not accepted.
M: Things like this, this bad... this is going to take time.
Q: We don't heal that quickly.
M: Please be realistic, Nick.
N: All I said was I wanted a bud light!
Q: Bud... Light?!
M: Ahhhh! No! I thought you said you wanted a Bud!
Q: Dear God!! It's worse than we thought.
N: Yeah, but I didn't mean it that way.
M: What else could you have meant!?
Q: Don't make it worse for yourself, Nick.
M: Light? This is unbelievable!
Q: We did not befriend you to leave you to a life of horrible, substandard beer!
M: I can't believe you, Nick!
N: I wasn't talking about beer!
Q: We're not stupid, Nick!
N: I meant I need someone to spark this joint. (holds up one) My lighter's dry.
M: Ohh... well...
Q: (pulling out his lighter) Why didn't you ask more clearly?
M: Ohhh! Nicky's back in the fold!
Q: Yes, that was very scary, old boy.
N: I'll be more careful in the future. (passing along the joint)
M: Well, we all make mistakes.
Q: No hard feelings?
N: No, no. We all make mistakes, don't we?
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