A little experiment, if you please.
. . .
He said, “I don’t want to talk to you,” but like a strange, needy girl,
I kept saying, “What? What?” into the phone until it died. Even with
a dead phone I can hold animated conversations for minutes,
just nodding and saying “Yes/No” at appropriate moments, a game
best played in public, with the right pause and responses it really looks
as though you are conversing with someone. An argument can even
ensue if you are not careful. No one will notice. Soon, not even you.
. . .