A Very Welcome Visit

During an afternoon, a married man, Craig, and his wife, Melissa, and Melissa’s unmarried female friend, Vanessa, are sitting at a table and having lunch together in the dining room of Craig and Melissa’s house. Melissa invited Vanessa over for lunch, with the intention of cheering Vanessa up, as Vanessa has been distraught over her recent break-up with a man she’d been dating.

At the moment, Vanessa is talking about her ex-boyfriend.

“He turned out to be such a sleazeball,” Vanessa says. “It seems like every man I date turns out to be a sleazeball. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to find a boyfriend who’s genuinely decent like you, Craig. You’re so lucky to have found Craig, Melissa.”

Melissa lovingly places one of her hands on one of Craig’s hands. “Yes, Craig is one of the few decent men in this world,” she says.

Vanessa grins, amused by a thought she’s had. “If only there was a way to create an exact duplicate of Craig for me,” she says.

Melissa grins, amused. “Yes, that would be wonderful,” she says. “Then we would both have a Craig. I would have my Craig and you would have his duplicate!”

Craig and Melissa and Vanessa are all laughing now.

“Yes,” Craig says. “Or maybe Melissa could have the duplicate and I could be with Vanessa!”

Vanessa and Melissa both pause from laughing momentarily, confused by Craig’s apparently jokey comment. The two women then resume laughing, still amused by their own jokey comments.

The conversation veers into a different, less interesting topic. While Melissa and Vanessa are discussing the topic, Craig notices that Melissa’s hand is still on his hand. He wishes Vanessa’s hand was there instead.

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