"Happy anniversary, Darl." My blank look doesn't wipe the smile from his face. "It's our double anniversary, remember?" he prompts, presenting me with a single red rose. "Nine months since the party and six months since you moved in." My nan taught me to tell the truth. "Of course I remember," I lie.
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Male laughter: https://freesound.org/people/Eneasz/sounds/119459/
Female laughter: https://freesound.org/people/sagetyrtle/sounds/33658/
Party background voices: https://freesound.org/people/dbspin/sounds/396684/
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Clock ticking: https://freesound.org/people/gecop/sounds/522119/
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Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the land of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.
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