Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Write of Passage, Challenge 7 (late)

Well, my LDs, I've neglected last week's {W}rite of Passage.
"Good dialogue is such a pleasure to come across while reading, a complete change of pace from description and exposition and all that writing." - page 64 Bird by Bird

Today post a dialog between characters, real or otherwise.

Unintentional, but I couldn't think of anything....and then I thought of Andrew and Ashley (yes, Bena, I will update...soon). There is a small conversation between Ashley and Cole (her daddy).

Several minutes later, I heard my father calling my name. "Ashley? Are you alright?" I turned my face toward him.

"Yes, Daddy?" I smiled.

"I've been standing here for a bit, saying your name. You haven't said a word. Just standing there with that bolt of cloth. Do we need to purchase it?" I looked down to see tarlatane cloth the same shade as Andrew's eyes.

"Yes, Daddy. This was exactly what I was looking for," I said, still in a dreamy daze.

"Darlin, are you ok? Are you ill?" he asked, obviously concerned.

"No, Daddy," I shook my head. "Just daydreamin'."

"Well, we'd better get moving. I've made reservations at the hotel restaurant down the street. We'll be meeting a colleague and his family there." I must have looked at Daddy strangely, because he asked again if I was ok.

"I'm fine. Whom are we meeting for dinner?"

"Paul Hale and his wife, Caroline, and their children."

"Andrew and Catherine?" I asked.

"How did you know?"

"They were in here, and Andrew accidentally knocked me down, trying to corral Catherine," I replied.

"She is full of energy," Daddy agreed. "Is that what's got you so dreamy? Are you hurt?"

"No, I promise I'm fine."

"Ashley?" Daddy asked warningly.

"He was a perfect gentleman. He told me he goes to the university for law and business."

"That he does. He's got a fine head for it as well."

"What do you think of him?"

"Well, he's a good-hearted young man. Knows what he wants and goes after it, kind of like his father. I will admit that I suggested to him that we get together for lunch so that you might meet Catherine...and Andrew." I was trying to figure out why he had not introduced me to the Hales before now. Frowning on the inside, I raised an eyebrow. "Besides, you don't need to be attached to your daddy's side all day long," he smiled. I could see in his eyes the excitement he was trying to hide.

"Daddy, I love being with you on our outings! Do you really think that I would come along if I didn't enjoy your company?" He brushed my cheek with a smooth hand.

"That's my darlin' daughter. Are you ready for dinner? I'm famished!" he said, holding out his arm for me to take. I laced my arm through his and we walked down to the first floor to make my purchase.

I'm leaving it here for now. Don't want to give too much away, do I? Anyway, I'm going to try to get back into the {W}rite of Passage workshops and I'll keep you updated.

Heepwah, and be safe out there.

Your favorite bookie,
Mrs. Dreamer

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