44. Maria's Childhood Friend (B)

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Mary: Maria, it’s so great to see you again!

Maria: Yes, the one and only! How have you been?

Mary: I've been good. How are you?

Maria: I'm great. Thank you for saying yes to lunch. We have so much to catch up on.

Mary: Yes, we definitely do.

Maria: Please take a seat.

(Mary sits down with Maria at the table.)

Mary: I remembered you told me about Mike the last time we spoke. Are you two married?

Maria: No, we're not married.

Mary: At least not yet.

Maria: I don't know about that!

Mary: What do you mean? Don't you want to marry him?

Maria: It's not that I don't want to marry him. Believe me, I love Mike with all my heart, and I would love nothing more than to be his wife.

Mary: Then what's the matter? I'm getting confused. Is it him? Doesn't he love you, too?

Maria: I have no doubt that Mike loves me. What I do doubt is whether he is ready to settle down with me. Marriage is such a big commitment, and I'm just not sure if that's something Mike is ready to do.

Mary: I understand what you are saying, Maria, but when you know someone who truly loves you, you know he's ready to share the rest of his life with you.

Maria: I hear you, Mary. I'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Mary: I'm sure Mike will propose to you.

Maria: I'm in no hurry, but do you really think that he will?!

(They both smile and laugh together. Maria and Mary share a nice lunch and reminisce about high school days.)