This challenge is from Write On Edge.
Instruction: For Friday I challenge you to write a conversation. But not just any conversation…
Are you ready?
The conversation should be between two people/characters.
Using surroundings, body language, visual cues and blocking, in addition to the spoken words, show us who they are and what their relationship is without coming out and telling us!
Are they lovers? Are they happy or not? A mother and daughter in conflict? Siblings working at cross-purposes or towards a goal? Frenemies, Co-workers?
Let’s do this in 300 words or less. So this is my contribution that weighs in at 226 words. It's a snippet from a story I wrote earlier this year. What is the relationship between the two characters?
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Lee Lombard looked forward to another exciting weekend. It would be the usual routine of sun, surf, throw in a girl and a beer, and you had a winner!
The thought of his earlier conversation, was the only dampening factor in the whole equation.
“So what are your intentions?” she had enquired.
“What do you mean, my intentions?” he knew exactly what she meant. Being deliberately obtuse was second nature to him. Especially when it came to 'the lectures’ (as he referred to the ever-increasing advice she felt compelled to impart on a daily basis ).
“Well, I’ve noticed a rather disturbing pattern that has evolved. A predictable path that your life seems to have taken.” She stood in that characteristic ‘lecture’ pose, hands on hip, no-nonsense tone of voice.
The scary thing was- she had a valid point!
“I’m ONLY 25 years old. There’s plenty of time for me to do the ‘ultra-responsible-thingiemajiggie’ that you are always on about!” his quotation-mark fingers remained in mid-air.
She served this particular “meal of responsibility”, three times a day, for breakfast, lunch and supper: nag! nag! nag! Settle down, work hard, focus on your career!
“All in good time! All in good time!”
And she had given him that look… the one that said, this isn’t over yet… one of these days, my boy…
He knew it sooooo well!