Standing uncomfortably in the kitchen at his sister’s baby shower, Brandon tries to make conversation with his brother-in-law’s cousin. 

“Did you hit traffic driving here today?” he asked her.

“I did,” she answered. “I came on Rt. 95, and traffic was OK since it’s Saturday. How about you?”

“Ah, well, I only live three streets over so it was a pretty easy trip for me today,” Brandon answered with a chuckle. He felt gratified by her slight laugh in response. As the natural pause in the conversation elongated, Brandon grasped for a new topic to continue the conversation. As he did so, his brother-in-law’s cousin suddenly said, “Excuse me,” and moved away. Click here to read more…

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