Anne: Good morning guys. I brought banana bread!
Anne: It's fresh, too. I woke up early for some reason and couldn't get back to sleep, so I made it this morning. It's still warm. Do you want some, Saori?
Saori: No thanks. Maybe later.
Sean: What?! Is something wrong?
Saori: My manga submission to a competition lost again.
Sean: Oh, sorry to hear that. But I really admire your dedication.
Anne: I'm so sorry, Saori.
Saori: It's OK. I should be used to it by now. It uses up unnecessary energy to feel let down every time my manga isn't chosen for an award. I should just accept the fact, and get back to doing the work.
Sean: It's hard to be that thick-skinned, though, especially about something that you're so passionate about.
Anne: Yeah. Don't be so hard on yourself. You're such a good storyteller and illustrator. I truly think it'll eventually work out for you. Come on. Are you sure you don't want some banana bread?
Saori: (Smiles) Of course I want some. (Takes a bite) Thanks. But it really would help if I had a thicker skin ...
Kobayashi Chikako さんの「英会話 He Said, She Said 基本単語 de 便利フレーズ」は毎日ウィークリーで毎月第1・3週に掲載中です。