Possibly the three scariest words in the English language are, “Can we talk?”
Nothing good can come of that invitation. Certainly not what seems to be indicated, which is a gentle kind of give-and-take.
“Can we talk?” almost always means, “Can you shut up and listen?” But as a rule, we tend to shy away from the bluntly honest and prefer sunny euphemisms like “engage in dialogue” and “have a good conversation” and “communicate effectively” to mask what’s really going on: You sit, you listen, end of conversation.
Not that this is always a bad thing. Sometimes life makes …