‘Writers Retreat’ is a new exercise I’m doing with Nive Gajiwala and Shachi Nelli, two aspiring writers who happen to be friends of mine.
Every day, one of us will suggest a brief to the group. The challenge is to produce 500-750 words, on that day, on the assigned topic.
Day 3’s topic is ‘First Impressions’, assigned by Shachi.
SHE: It’s me!
HE: Huh? Oh, it’s you!
SHE: It’s so loud!
HE: Yeah! I can’t hear myself think!
HE: I said, you look great!
HE: How’s it going?
SHE: I’m meeting some friends.
HE: What’s happening?
HE: What’s up. What are you guys doing tonight.
SHE: I’m with my friends. It’s her birthday. She’s getting married soon, so, this is one of those girls’ nights situations.
HE: I see. So we probably shouldn’t be talking then.
SHE: No, no. Nothing like that. I just. I’m not allowed to ignore them for too long. I had to ask their permission before I came over here.
HE: Shit. This is a like a big deal, then.
SHE: Please don’t make it weird.
SHE: Listen. I’m just gonna be over there, with my friends. It’s her birthday.
HE: Yup. Yeah, cool. I have to say hi to some people. I… uhh… See you later?
* * *
SHE: I don’t… this isn’t… I don’t do this.
HE: I never do this. This is embarrassing.
SHE: Do do you… uhm
HE: Let’s do a shot!
SHE: I don’t… uhm
HE: Come on!
SHE: Ahh.. OK. Yeah, cool!
SHE: I dunno… uhm. Tequila? Not really my…
* * *
HE: I’m so glad that happened.
SHE: Yeah… uhm. It was…
HE: I know. It was.
SHE: Let’s uhm…
HE: Let’s do it again, sometime?
SHE: Uhm… yeah, I don’t mind, if you, you know…
HE: You’re so beautiful.
SHE: Thank you. Thanks. That’s, uhm. So are you.