Interpersonal chemistry is a strange and mercurial thing. In this case, however, we agreed that there wasn't really any... The atmosphere was as inert as a whole Periodic Table of Noble Gases. The couple were perfectly nice, polite, helpful, opinionated and so on but the whole thing felt from start to finish like the interview which it clearly was.
I didn't help that this couple's adoption journey seemed to be so very far removed from ours. The wife had known from her teenage years that infertility was very likely and so natural or assisted conception and childbirth hadn't ever been one of their options. Instead, after a short period of "just enjoying being a couple" they had started the process of adoption. But that was a process which had taken over ten years with numerous twists and turns, stops and starts.