He smiled, trying to clear her mind away from the situation. "tell me something about yourself." She is quiet for a moment, squinting her eyes as if lost in a memory. "I think I love the rain, because I am a mermaid who lives too far from the ocean."
Let's not forget, though, that words have power. Yes, they should be actionable as well, but that itself is part of the power of words, that "mere" words can create expectations, can forge bonds, can let someone down or lift them up. Say it, then show it.