“Good evening,” Mill says.
“Where are you?” he says.
“At home,” she says.
“Are you in for the night?” he says.
“Yes,” she says.
“Have you thought about the upcoming year twenty-ten?” Carlisle says.
“Is twenty-ten what it will be called?” Mill says.
“Your voice sounds sexy when you're sleepy," he says. "Look it up.”
“It isn’t in the dictionary,” she says after a pause. “It was a science fiction novel and film. The census is next year and the winter Olympics in Vancouver.”
“Twenty-ten will be a good year,” he says.
“Everyone is hoping,” she says. “People say this was a bad decade due to the War.”
“Obama won,” Carlisle says.
“Yes,” she says, “Obama will be President in twenty-ten.”
“Miss Mill will be Mrs. Carlisle,” he says.
“You borrow trouble,” she says.
“I eschew borrowing,” he says. “It’s a fair topic.”
“We’re not equals,” she says.
“Look it up,” he says.
“Es-choo,” she says, “sounds like a sneeze. I prefer es-skew, but it isn’t listed. It comes from old German meaning shy.”
“We are equal under the law,” he says.
“Equal in legal contexts,” she says. “Otherwise it means identical.”
“You're sure?” he says.
“That is what it says right here,” she says.
“I thought I would call my lawyer,” he says. “You call your lawyer, and we’ll sit down and hash it out and come up with a prudent agreement.”
“I never wanted a big church wedding,” Mill says. “I lost my belief in God early. It was like losing my virginity by falling off a bike or horse; I lost connection with God when I hit the ground. I got back on the bike or horse and rode away, but I was godless.”
“Religion is the source of true fiction,” he says.
"I feel like a mail-order bride from Canada," she says.