The following dialogue is from a novel I'm writing (first draft):
"You're quiet tonight," Erin said to Benjamin, who seemed to be lost in thoughts.
He looked up and took a sip of his drink. "I'm a bit tired, that all."
"Too much work?"
"Yeah, it's killing me, you know. My boss should really hire more teachers."
"Why don't you find something else? You've been doing this for a while. I bet you can find something better."
"It's hard to find a job these days. What if I quit and can't find another? I don't want to end up sleeping in a park and drink cheap sake from a paper bag."
Erin laughed. "That would never happen. No matter what, you can always move to my place."
"I don't think that would be a good idea. You know what they say: living together before marriage kill relationships."
"By the way," Erin suddenly said while tracing circles on the rim of her glass, “is that new co-worker bothering you? You know, the one who talks to you all the time."
Benjamin took a sip of his drink. "What's wrong? You're jealous?"
"Nah," Erin said, looking to the side, "just asking."
"She's just talkative, that's all. Besides, she's new. She just want to learn as much as she can."
"I see," Erin said, half-smiling.
"You never ask these kind of questions," Benjamin said with a suspicious look. "Is there something wrong?"
"That's right," Benjamin said after a moment. "Did you feel the earthquake last night?"
Erin was about to sip her glass but then stopped. She looked up, and stared at Benjamin with her lips slightly parted. Am I the only one who missed the earthquake? She wondered if she was indeed living in the same city as everyone else.
Each part of the dialogue reveals something about the characters. But I feel the first part is very dull (I guess the second part is more exciting). And the third part is the "climax" of the dialogue.
What should I do in cases like this? Should I remove the dull part completely or should I keep it?