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Exercise # 196 - Saying No & Not Saying No (Pt. 1)

This is Part I of a dialogue/ character exercise. Imagine a very pushy mother who is telephoning other parents with children at her child's school to get them to help with a special project that she has decided it is of utmost importance. No one else thinks so; however, some are better at saying no than others. In today's exercise, write the dialogue for the telephone conversation between Pushy Mother and a parent who may or may not be convinced to help out (you decide).
Tip: try to give each a unique voice. 

1, 2, 3, GO!
Unswayed Parent (UP): Hello?

Pushy Mother (PM): Hi! Mellie! How are you, honey?

UP: Fine. I'm sorry, who is this?

PM: It's Lucy Carver! I haven't seen you in forever! How have you and yours been doing?

UP: We're doing well. Thank you. [beat] How are--

PM: The Carvers are doing wonderfully! The kids are growing like weeds. Joel is almost taller than me now!

UP: Oh, I know what you mean. Kim only has a few inches until she's --

PM: Listen, I've got something that I want to run by you. The kids' teacher - Mr. Leonard - and I were talking at the grocery store a little while ago, and he mentioned that they were putting together a little soiree for the Homecoming game, but they were having a difficult time getting parent volunteers for food prep, chaperoning, and so on. I offered to spearhead the search for those most suited for the job. Of course, I immediately thought of you and called you the first moment I could. So what do you think? It's going to be Friday, October 18th, probably around 5pm.

UP: Oh, I don't know, Lucy. I don't think Kim would like me to be breathing down her neck like that. I like to give her a little space.

PM: Oh, it'll be a blast, Mellie! Just think about it! Our kids are well behaved. We'll have to keep an eye on them, but it won't be a big deal at all. They'll barely even know we're there.

UP: But still... I'm not sure that my husband will --

PM: Well, see, that's where us women nudge our men in the right direction, am I right?

UP: I'll need to talk to him about it before I make any commitments.

PM: I understand, dear. I'll give you a call later on tonight to add you to our list, ok?

UP: Ok.

PM: Talk to you later! Expect my call around 7pm.

------ END ------

Ugh, don't you hate those people? You know, the ones that ask you to take part in something that they've already committed you to doing before you even gave the thumbs up? Grrrrr... It's as if asking was merely a formality.

What did you guys come up with? How pushy were your characters? Did your other character give in, or did they flatly refuse?? Leave me a comment!



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