[Fiction] Friday Challenge for December 19, 2008:
Write a short scene, with exactly two characters that involves a terrible Christmas (or similar holiday) present.
|A:||What is it?|
|B:||He called it an “object duh art”.|
|A:||No…that he tried to say it in French.|
|B:||That’s what saved me?|
|B:||His “French” pronunciation…he thought that’s what I was laughing at.|
|A:||OK…so…objet d’art…But what is it?|
|B:||I didn’t have the heart to ask him.|
|A:||Is there a tag?|
|A:||Where did he get it?|
|B:||At an art festival.|
|A:||He went to an art festival.|
|A:||On his own?|
|B:||No. He dragged his friends along with him.|
|B:||Evidently they stopped at one on the way to one of the games.|
|A:||Now you have to be kidding.|
|B:||He says they were all walking around in football jerseys getting weird looks from the artists.|
|A:||I can imagine. I wish I could have seen that.|
|A:||So he went to an art festival…|
|A:||No. Not for that.|
|B:||For what then?|
|A:||If he went an art festival, he went for you. That…was an unintended consequence.|
|A:||Oh, don’t look so damned giddy.|
|A:||So are you going to leave it out?|
|B:||Of course I am.|
|B:||That depends on what it is.|
|A:||It might be a pitcher.|
8 thoughts on “Fiction Friday”
I’m trying to imagine what this object d’art actually looks like and I’m getting a Darli-esque picture in my head! Loved the ‘object duh art’. Sounds like something Homer might say 😀
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Lots of implied backstory – I like it. And, I’m pretty sure it’s not a pitcher.
I love these dialogues. I get such vivid pictures…I love the clever use of language, especially “pitcher”.
Short and sweet. I love the snappy dialogue that gets to the crux of the story. I particularly love the idea of a bunch of football dudes wandering around an art gallery show/opening.
That’s love for you!
And I never considered (until I just read Tammi’s comment) the double meaning of pitcher. Aussie sensibilities I guess.
Having been one of those athletes who tried to do the art show thing (I was a pitcher, actually)… this one hit home nicely. I am absolutely certain that a number of people had this very conversation about a gift I made or gave! (Them: is it an ash tray or a coffee mug? Me: No, it’s a cookie jar, duh!)
Very good work with the dialogue to tell the whole story.
Or is it the kind of pitcher you can pour from? I can see this as a cartoon.
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I enjoyed this! As I was reading this, I could see the puzzled expressions as I tried to imagine what it was he was possessed to buy her.
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Love the cartoon at the top of your blog. I never knew the creative process was so painful 😉