"When is your birthday?" Max wondered
"It's on the sixteenth of May, you?"
"Mine's the seventeenth of June. What about you Ben?"
"Fifteenth of April" he said to Max - obviously I already knew: I'd been to two of his birthday parties.
"What were you gonna do on your birthday?" wondered Ben.
"You know, when you got the gerbil you already knew about?"
"Oh, I was gonna pretend I didn't have a clue, you know; act."
"I would never be able to pretend something like that convincingly." Said Max "How do you know it was gonna work?" I pointed to the certificate on the wall in the front room. It was a best actor award. I won it at a play.
"Wow. You played in Oliver" said Max. "What character were you?"