She reached for the check, in an attempt to at least make up for the awkwardness that was more or less her fault. But then he insisted on paying, because of "all the medical bills" she must have been going through. She countered with a small laugh and an off-handed remark about "all the shit-tons of bills" that were "definitely piling up." Then came the silence. They wound up splitting the check and getting separate taxis that remained side-by-side in traffic for at least an hour.