19. Talking with Angry Parent


A: Do you realize what time it is?

B: I'm sorry, I lost track of time.

A: Do you honestly believe that that is a good excuse?

B: Not at all--that is what really happened.

A: How many times do I have to ask you to call if you're going to be late?

B: Yes, I know. I must've forgot.

A: That's beside the point, you still should have called.

B: You're right. I'm sorry.

A: Next time you come in late without calling, you're gone.

B: You're really going to kick me out?

A: Yes, maybe then you'll figure out how to follow the rules.

B: Actually, if you kick me out, your rules won't matter anymore.


A: Do you have any idea what time it is?

B: My bad. I didn't realize that it was so late.

A: Do you really think that that excuses your tardiness?

B: Of course not. I really did lose track of time.

A: Didn't I tell you to call when you're running late?

B: Yeah, you did. I just forgot to call.

A: It doesn't matter, you should have called and let me know.

B: That's true. My bad for not calling.

A: If you do this again, don't even bother coming home.

B: You're going to kick me out over this?

A: Exactly, maybe that'll teach you to respect my rules.

B: Well, if I'm not living here anymore, then I won't have to listen to your rules.


A: Do you know how late it is?

B: My fault. I didn't realize what time it was.

A: I hope you don't think that excuse lets you off the hook.

B: Not really. I'm telling the truth.

A: Haven't I asked you to call if you're going to be home late?

B: This is true, but it must've slipped my mind.

A: Regardless, all you had to do was give a call.

B: I know. I should've called.

A: Come home late one more time, and you'll find your stuff outside.

B: You want to throw me out over this?

A: That's right, maybe then you'll respect my rules.

B: That's fine, because if I leave, then your rules won't matter.

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