My latest project is a short story that will be about the same length as Office Relations (10,000 or so words). With OR, I really felt like I knew the hero, Peter. Sean is the hero of the new story, and I don't know him as well. He's a little vexed right now too.
Sean: I've got an issue with you.
Lia: I thought you might.
Sean: Yeah? Well, my issue is that you want me to talk about my issues.
Lia: What's wrong with that?
Sean: (Long pause.) I'm a man. I don't want to talk about issues. I want to get on with it. That's what's wrong.
Lia: What do you want to get on with?
Sean: SEX. It's bad enough that I've been celibate for six months.
Lia: That's because--
Sean: It's because of Chloe. I know. And you're right--I do love her.
Sean: So, now I'm stuck in an elevator with the woman I love and you want me to talk about my issues?
Lia: Everyone has issues, Sean. It's part of the human condition.
Sean: Fine. You talk about them. I've got better things to do.