Is there a word or expression for a small chat that is about how people are? For having a bit of context, two characters, who meet up almost on a daily basis, ask each other how they are, before talking about more important subjects. I tried to search for a definite answer, but I haven't found anything suitable. As far as I know, small talk might be used, but that includes more subjects, like weather, work and what not. The other one could be stating that they simply had a chat, but that could be again about almost any subject. Catching up would be the most appropriate one I could think of, but that for me seems as if there should me way more time between the two talking to each other than just a few days. For me catching up has always been associated with long time no see type of conversations. The sentence I want the word to use in is:
- After a small chat about their well-being and James’s shopping list they made their way to the supermarket.