"Hey, Beth, what's up?" I say into the receiver.
"Mmmmm... nooooo," I respond before loudly slurping my drink. "What earth quake?"
"There was an earth quake along the east coast!" Beth said with a slight inkling of impatience.
"Eee-yow-ah! You didn't know? Jeesh, Jill could be hurt!"
I ignore Beth's implied slap on the wrist. "I think she'd call me if there was something wrong. I guess I'd better call, huh?"
"I guess you'd better," Beth said in her motherly voice. "I'll get off the phone now so you can give her a call."
"Okay, and if anything is wrong, if she isn't okay I'll call you back otherwise if you don't hear from me all is well."
Okay... so that's how that conversation went.
(cell phone rings)
"Jill, are you okay?" I ask in a concerned motherly voice.