Ginger: Ruby, can I have a dog?
Ruby: I expected you here yesterday.
Ruby: Because you’ve been stopping by on Wednesdays recently.
Ginger: I’ll stop by next Wednesday.
Ruby: I’ll believe it when I see it.
Ginger: Can I have a dog?
Ginger: What? Why not?
Ruby: Who will feed it?
Ginger: You don’t have to be so rude. His name will be Socrates.
Ruby: Who will feed Socrates?
Ruby: That’s a bad idea, Ginger.
Ginger: No, my neighbor is named Hemlock. I think his first name is Tom.
Ruby: I’m going to push past the headache you’re bringing on…
Ginger: That’s brave of you.
Ruby: Why would your neighbor feed your dog?
Ginger: Because, I guess, technically, Socrates isn’t my dog.
Ruby: Who, technically, would own Socrates?
Ruby: …Ginger, don’t make me call your sister to settle this.
Ruby: Why would Hemlock feed Socrates, if Socrates is owned by Athelings?
Ginger: Hemlock has dog food. The Athelings do not.
Ruby: Why don’t they get dog food?
Ginger: Because Hemlock already has dog food in his place for his dog.
Ruby: I’m almost scared to ask…
Ginger: That dog is named Aristotle.
Ruby: Why doesn’t that surprise me?
Ginger: I’m not completely sure…but I could guess.
Ruby: So, why are you asking to have a dog that someone else feeds and another family owns?
Ginger: Well, because the Athelings are going out of town for a while. They’re taking a family trip to England, Scotland and Hungary. Not in that order.
Ruby: So, really, you’re just asking if you can help watch the dog while the family is out of town.
Ruby: In that case, sure. But only if Hemlock also promises to watch you while you watch Socrates.
Ginger: Yeah, I think he was already on that. He’s seen me around Aristotle. I’m lost as soon as he starts howling and carrying on…
Ruby: Right. You know, I never knew about your neighbors.
Ginger: Oh, yeah. They recently moved in. Edgar is a charming little prince and those twins are sweet girls – one of them is practically a saint.
Ruby: What about the other one?
Ginger: I don’t know much about her. She’s usually cloistered away reading and studying…quiet girl. She could be a saint, too. I don’t know.
Ruby: Your world is very strange, you know.
Ginger: I do know that.