In his book Couplehoodlatte, comedian Paul Reiser observed that people need an excuse to hang out together, and coffee provides that excuse: the hot beverage, plus the obligatory cookie or pastry, gives some purpose to the meeting and helps occupy people during conversational lulls.

Write a scene where two people meet for coffee and conversation. If you want a challenge, make the conversation stilted and demonstrate what the people do to avoid talking.

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