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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)

TITLE: Waiting for an Angel
By Pamela Calhoun


“I don’t know why you’re so upset, there’s nothing wrong with Melissa!”

“Are you kidding me? I won’t even consider that!”

“You’re such a drama queen, I can’t believe what I have to put up with around here anymore!”

“Well, you don’t have to put up with anything. You can just leave, and I don’t care where you go.”

“You don’t care where I go? Well then, maybe I’ll go see Melissa.”

“If that’s what you want, then go to Melissa! I’m sure she’ll understand you and soothe your wounded ego. Melissa will always tell you that you’re right and I am wrong.”

“I don’t understand why you’re getting so emotional about such a silly and simple thing.”

“Silly? Simple? Are you kidding me? We’re talking about the name of our child. We are deciding what we’ll call her for the rest of her life. It’s not silly and it’s not simple!”

“What does it matter what we call her? She will be who she is no matter what her name is.”

“Oh really? Well then, I think we should call her Lynda with a Y. I think that would be a perfect name for her.”

“Lynda? Now you’ve got to be kidding, or you’re just trying to push my buttons! You know what SHE did to me. How can you be so ridiculous?”

“Lynda with a Y was a cheerleader. She was the most popular girl in school. What more could we want for our daughter than to be Lynda with a Y?”

“We can want for her to be nice and not shallow. We can want for her to not be cruel enough to leave the guy that took her to the prom standing with a cup of punch in his hand, while she leaves with the football hero. That’s what we can want for her.”

“So we want her to be nice?”


“And we want her to be loyal and faithful, someone that sticks by her friends, loves the underdog, has a sense of honor in all that she does, knows right from wrong and will speak the truth no matter what the cost?”

“Yes, that sounds exactly like what we want her to be like!”

“So… Melissa? The woman that broke up your parent’s marriage, the woman that tells you you’re right even when you know you are wrong, this woman your father married that is only two years older than you… you want to name our daughter after her? You can’t be serious! How do you think that would make your mother feel?”

“Oh, well… I guess I didn’t think about that.”

“Well, think about it buddy. This is our daughter, she’s going to have this name for the rest of her life.”

“How about Angelica? We’ve never known an Angelica.”

“I LOVE Angelica! We can call her Angel or Angie, and she will be our perfect little angel. Oh, you’re so clever Horatio! Horatio, why are you shaking you’re head?”

“I’ll just be glad when she’s born. You won’t be pregnant any more and things can get back to normal around here!”

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Misti Chancellor10/22/10
Poor hubby, dealing with all the craziness of pregnancy hormones. :-) Interesting conversation about choosing a name. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/23/10
This was delightful. It took me where I didn't expect to go and that's a great job of writing!
Jan Ackerson 10/23/10
This is really cute and lighthearted--a nice change of pace.

All-dialogue pieces are hard to pull off without the occasional break for a brief bit of action or a dialogue tag. Readers sometimes need a bit of imagery, so they can imagine who's speaking, the setting, etc.

I enjoyed the relationship between your two speakers...nice banter.