Diocletian (Diocles): "Oh, look, that looks interesting over there. I should get in touch with that person."
Aloysius: "Don't get involved. Keep your head down."
D: "What? Why?"
A: "It'll be disappointing later when you don't follow up."
D: "I'm not going to follow up? Who says?"
A: "Did you follow up the last time?"
D: "I haven't gotten to it yet."
A: "Well, there's your answer."
D: "It's not much of one."
A: "Beggars can't be choosers. You're the one who wanted an answer."
D: "Anyway, that thing looks interesting and I should get in touch."
A: "But what will you say a month from now?"
D: "I'll think of something."
A: "What if you don't?"
D: "Hmm... then I guess I won't."
A: "What, you won't deny it?"
D: "Sometimes before I haven't."
A: "Come on, you could fight a little. You should say you're creative."
D: "Not about that."
A: "Now you're being depressing. Surely you can think of something to say in a month."
D: "Why should I?"
A: "Ask them if they have herpes."
D: "I am not going to ask them that."
A: "The answer might be interesting!"
D: "I am definitely not going to ask them that."
A: "Now you're shooting down good ideas. Fine."
A: "If they're so interesting, how come you can't think of something to say in a month?"
D: "Well — it's just creativity. I'm not creative enough. Or I just don't know what to ask. You know how it is."
A: "Seeing as I am strictly against talking to people, I don't."
D: "Well — there are things you can't ask."
A: "Why can't you ask them? Is your keyboard broken?"
D: "It would be rude."
A: "What if you ask one of the other things?"
D: "Then the answer would be boring."
A: "Okay, so say something instead of asking."
D: "But I don't know if they'd be interested! It might bore them."
A: "You never know until you try."
D: "See, but I don't like that. And I might be annoying them."
A: "Nobody likes it! It's why I don't talk to people. But anyway you're lousy for it, you can't even help it. You might as well commit to it."
D: "I can so! I went a whole month without saying anything."
A: "How's that working out for you?"
D: "Anyway it might be annoying."
A: "Would you be annoyed?"
D: "Actually, yes. It's happened before."
D: "I think you're suggesting it doesn't happen often and for the record I don't appreciate your tone."
A: "I suppose you'll have to live with never knowing what would happen if you said that potentially mildly annoying thing you're not going to say."
D: "I guess I will."
D: "Really it's not about the thing. It's about the principle of the thing. It's about my reputation."
A: "Your reputation? You've got one of those?"
A: "I'm serious. When did you hear about it? You must be so excited. Congratulations!"
D: "I won't have you assailing my reputation!"
A: "I suppose you won't anymore. Well done!"
D: "But really, what if people get to talking? I know how people talk. Sometimes I am people!"
A: "That's a problem you've got there."
A: "So what happens if people talk?"
D: "Well I suppose they'll all talk together about how annoying I am."
A: "I see, I see. Grave business. And then what?"
D: "And then... and then... well I guess they'll kick me out is what they'll do."
A: "Out of the village and into the wilderness. That is dangerous."
D: "Well — out of the social circle, none of them can evict me from society..."
A: "Is this an important circle to you?"
D: "Not yet? But I want it to be. Maybe."
A: "And I suppose you can make that happen from a distance."
D: "You're poking fun at me again. I can tell, you know."
A: "I do know that. Sorry."
A: "What if, hypothetically, you tried being slightly annoying?"
D: "Oh, I've tried that."
A: "How'd it go?"
D: "I found it mildly embarassing."
A: "And they kicked you out?"
D: "... No. Not yet."
A: "I suppose they're still in proceedings."
D: "You know, maybe I should say something after all."
A: "Darn it! I told you not to get involved! Didn't you listen?"
D: "Yes, but then you said other things."
A: "Back to the drawing board, then. And forget about should!"