There are two characters in the following dialogue. One of them (Yuki) is a tomboy. She has short hair, dresses like a man, and like girls. I want to make her sound more masculine (but not exactly like a man).
Yuki waved to the waitress and asked for another vodka. Then she turned back to Eri and said, "Hey. Forgot to tell you. I finally got my visa."
"Really? That’s great! So, when did you say you're going? Next year?"
"Oh." Eri laughed. "Sorry, I'm not sure what's with my memory tonight." She inspected Yuki's face. "What's wrong?"
"To tell you the truth, I'm not longer sure whether to go or not."
"Come on. You're just afraid. That's normal. After all, it's your first time abroad."
"Well, the thing is that, at first, the whole idea seemed very exciting to me. Damn, it'd been the only thing in my mind for the last few months. But I don't know, I'm starting to wonder whether this really makes sense. Like, why am I so crazy about the US anyway? It's not like my life's going to suddenly change because of studying in the most imperialist country on Earth."
"You'll never find out if you don't try." Eri took a sip of her drink. "The idea is to experience something first, and decide if it makes sense later."
“Yeah,” Yuki said, staring thoughfully at the ceiling. “I guess you're right.”
The waitress came back with Yuki's order, placed it on the table, and walked away. She did all this mechanically, as if on autopilot.
"How about you?" Yuki asked. "You never thought of leaving the country?"
"Not really," Eri said, resting her fist under her chin. "And it's not that I’m against traveling or studying abroad. It's just that I'm not against staying where I am either.”
"Don't you feel like talking a break from your life?"
"Well, I think you ought to build your life in such a way that you don't feel like taking a break from it."
"You think I'm escaping from something?"
Eri shook her head. "I didn't mean that. On the contrary, I think you're pretty good at solving problems. Not only yours, but also other people's."
"Glad you think that,” Yuki said, smiling slightly. “But sure you can handle yours after I'm gone?"
"I'll be OK. It'll be boring without you, though."
"I guess you'll have more time to spend with Takashi."
"Yeah." Eri bit her lower lip, looking to the side. "Now that you mention it, we haven't spent much time together, recently."
"That's how relationships are—everything is exciting and magical at the beginning. But after a few years, you can't even stand seeing each other's faces anymore, not even put in a cute, little photo frame."
Eri laughed. "Nothing like that. It's just that work is keeping him busy this time around. That's all."
"I see. Just don't let things go too far. As that U2 song says, 'it leaves you baby, if you don't care for it.'"
"OK, I'll keep it in mind."