In general, I find that conversations go alot easier if I just take care of both sides.
Kitsune: I do not want to go to work today.
Owlet: Gimme the phone!
dial dial the phone
Owlet: Hello, Bossman. This is Owlet.
Bossman: What can I do for you?
Owlet: I need for Kitsune to stay home today. I need the kissing therapy.
Bossman: Well, of course, that is very serious! Plus, I will need to pay him time and a half for providing that important service to you.