Running Late

“Ready, honey?”

“Pardon me?”

“Don’t pretend you forgot.”

“I hate these things, ‘romance-novel’ style.”

“What the…”

“I hate art exhibit openings ‘with a burning passion that goes beyond all reason’.”

“But, honey, if I sell a painting, maybe you could take time off to finish your novel.”

“Or afford another truckload of food for those two voracious hounds of yours.  I should’ve known better than to marry a woman who names her dogs ‘Bogie’ and ‘Bacall‘.”

“I should’ve known better than to marry a writer.  Can you whistle for the dogs, sweetie?  Just put your lips together and blow.”


(99 words exactly for this week’s Trifecta challenge:  use any definition from page 99 of the dictionary, as shown here.  They are also giving away a random 99-dollar gift certificate to Amazon to an entrant, IF they get at least 99 entries.  So enter.  One entry per person, 99 words exactly, don’t forget to use at least one of the b-words as shown there, put the b-word in bold, link back to that particular Trifecta post, and have fun are the only rules.  Oh, and if it’s really “adult”, in terms of sex or shocking violence, they’d like an upfront disclaimer saying that.)

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14 Responses to Running Late

  1. Oh, I do like the occasional dialogue-only story. 🙂 Wonderfully done!

  2. Gina says:

    I’m with LTBG. Love stories told in dialog and you did a great job with this one. I’m partial to readers, writers, artists and dogs.

  3. Christine says:

    Love that last exchange! Nicely done.

  4. jannatwrites says:

    Great dialogue…I wouldn’t like art exhibit openings, either 🙂

  5. Ha! Excellent last line. I enjoyed reading this.

  6. This flowed nicely and I loved the homage to those snappy talkers of yesteryear. Thanks for being a part of our big 99th!

  7. troy P. says:

    The dialogue was top notch. I love when writers can use it alone to tell the tale. And double points for using Bacall, of course!

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