Every month I attend a writer's group in Mechanicsburg, Pensylvania and the moderator always gives us a writing prompt.
Back in 2013, we were given exactly ten minutes to write a story completely in dialogue.
"Oh, dear. Look at the time. I'm so sorry to have taken up so much of it."
problem. I always enjoy your visits, and my goodness, the time surely
has flown. Well, you know the old cliché about time flying when you are
"Yes, yes. Nonetheless, thank you so much for the trip down memory lane. We have had some adventures together."
Quite. I'll still never forget the time you almost destroyed New York
City with that warp bomb. That was quite a challenge."
"Oh, come, come. You're flattering me now. I'm convinced you had that under control from the first moment."
let me tell you a secret, my old friend. You really had me worried
there for awhile. That genetically mutated pit bull that you had
guarding the thing gave me quite a nasty turn."
"Really? You're not just kidding me now? That big mutt actually gave you a run for the money?"
he did, and I don't want to see that posted to the Internet. In fact,
let me tell you the truth. Of all the bad guys I fought in my 40 years
in the superhero biz, you were always the most challenging. Whenever,
the police called me and told me Doom Storm was on the loose, I knew I
was in for a fight."
"That is so kind of you to say. And since
we're reminiscing, I'll tell you that whenever I heard it was the Grey
Ghost hot on my trail, I confess I felt sort of proud."
"And now here we both sit in a nursing home. Being in this wheelchair, I couldn't chase you now if my life depended on it."
I wouldn't get very far with this walker, but I hope you don't mind if I
leave you a parting gift. I put a bomb under your seat."
"Ho, ho, ho! You rascal, you! I'll bet I defuse it before you toddle out the door."
"Well, if I don't see you in the cafeteria, I'll know you failed, and I got the final say."
"And if I do defuse it, I get your dessert."
“Almost like old times, Grey Ghost.”
“Almost, Doom Storm. Almost.”