Creative Writing Exercise 3
The third recent exercise submitted.
The prompt: “Write two pages of dialogue between two people, one on a cell phone, the other on a landline. They disagree about an object, animal, place, or person. Develop the disagreement using concrete significant details. We should learn where each of them is.”
Phil: Hey, Alex.
Alex: Phil? Did you get a new phone?
Phil: No, it’s my landline.
Alex: You have a home phone?
Phil: Yeah…never really turned it on before.
Alex: That makes no sense. I’ve never seen one at your place. A pause. It’s nice of you to return my phone call…
Phil: I know. I’m sorry. I was up late working at the office again.
Alex: What was it this time?
Phil: Oh, you know…the usual…the deadline’s coming up and they needed my help trying to turn around the numbers for the big proposal.
Alex: I thought you finished the proposal last week?
Phil: No…this was a new job. One of those last minute things.
Alex: What do you want to do tonight?
Phil: I’m not sure I’m up to going out. Last night was…you know, rough.
Alex: You’ve forgotten, haven’t you?
Phil: Forgotten what?
A long pause.
Phil: What is it now, Alex? You know I’ve been busy with –
Alex: Our anniversary.
Phil: That’s today?
Alex: I knew you’d forget.
Phil: Babe…listen, it’s not my –
Alex: You’re at home, you said?
Phil: Yeah. Obviously. How would I be calling you? I’m in bed. Maybe we can resch –
Alex: Do you hear that?
Phil: Hear what?
Alex: You still can’t hear anything?
Phil: What are you doing?
Alex: Where are you?
Phil: Will you stop! I told you! I’m at home!
Alex: I’m knocking at your door, Phil. I’ve been knocking for the last minute.
Alex: You’re with her again, aren’t you? I thought you said you were done with her.
Phil: I’m not with her!
Alex: Of all nights?
Phil: I haven’t seen her for months!
Alex: I can’t believe you.
Phil: I’m not seeing anyone!
Alex: I know it’s her. Of all the nerve. HER?
Phil: I was at the office last night!
Alex: You were at HER home. Where else would you be, Phil?
Phil: I will tell you again – I haven’t seen Susan for months.
Alex: You saw her last night.
Alex: Where are you now?
Phil: What do I have to say to convince you that –
Alex: The last time you were with her, you used that same excuse. ‘I’m at the office. It was a hard night.’
Phil: Call Ted if you don’t believe me!
Alex: Why can’t you admit you slept with her last night?
Phil: I didn’t!
Alex: I’m done.
Phil: I didn’t screw her last night, Alex!
Alex: We’re over. I don’t want to speak with you again.
Phil: Wait! Wait, Alex! Okay. Okay…I’ll tell you the truth…
Alex: It was her. Let me hear you say it.
Phil: It was…it was her. I’m sorry.
Alex hangs up.
Phil: Alex? Alex! Beat. Shit.