Show a character's approach to relationships in a short scene. A harmless exchange between mother and daughter? A submissive character overwhelmed by a dominant partner? A passionate lover's quarrel? A forlorn, unrequited letter?
Use your characters' interaction to show the dynamics of their relationship, show how they're growing together or growing apart, or just have silly fun. Character descriptions at the beginning are forbidden this time around--let them speak or act for themselves!
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Adelai helped the unsteady girl up and supported her on her feet. Then she started making the rounds saying farewell to the others. I waited eagerly for her to tell me goodbye too. This was my chance. I'd wait until she was gone, and then I'd slip out quietly and head back downtown. The CBD was within easy reach, only ten minutes walk away. And nobody here would notice my disappearance. They were all off their faces.
It was a good plan, until it dissolved before my eyes.
Adelai stopped in front of me. "You coming?"
"Um…where?" My mind was suddenly working overtime.
"If he wants to stay, that's cool!" the bartender called, and others added their agreement.
Oh hell no. I climbed resignedly to my feet.
"I told you there'd be a couch available," Adelai murmured, her gaze steady. "It's a bit crowded here. You're welcome at ours."
"I'm all right," I said. "I'll just head on home."
"How will you get there?"
My mind couldn't keep up. I just ended up staring at her stupidly.
She shook her head. "Well, there you go. You're coming with us. And remember, I'm the one who dragged you into this. I wouldn't want to leave you stranded." I went to protest, but she continued smoothly, "I remember you spent all your money, too." A small smile appeared on her face. "We're getting a cab, so why don't you come along? Our couch is really comfy."
I just stared down at her, increasingly frustrated with the situation, and with myself for being so slow-witted. I tried to buy some time to think by handing the bass guitar back to the bartender. But that didn't take long, and when I turned to face Adelai again, she was still watching me with an unreadable expression.
What the hell did she want from me anyway? She was being kind and generous, some might say to a stupid degree…but what did she get out of it? What would hanging out with a walking train wreck like me do for her?
"John!" she yelled out of the blue, startling me. She turned her head slightly in the direction of the hall.
I heard a voice call out faintly from elsewhere in the house.
Adelai called loudly, "We're going home right now! You coming?"
Another muffled response followed, and Adelai smiled faintly and shrugged. Then she gestured for me to follow her.
With consternation, I did just that.
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