I think I wrote this last year..?
It’s a simple question that should illicit a relatively straightforward and immediate reply.
In fact, “not much” would be an adequate enough response, because that would mean that the conversation is now over, and we can all move on with our lives with a sense of closure in regard to the initial inquiry into your present state of affairs.
If a normal person approached another normal person and asked that question, they’d probably have no problem giving a direct response. And, depending on the level of intimacy that the two people share, the context of the question being asked, and whether or not person A has to be someplace important, like, for instance, anywhere else, the entire exchange should take milliseconds.
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