Dialogue Prompt – All of Them

In this prompt by The Fake Redhead, there is a certain urgency to the words. We don’t know what they are talking about and it could be something very benign, such as a game, but whatever it is this is important to them.

The first thing that comes to mind with this is something military. They’ve sent people away to protect something, to take something, to retake something and now they want them back. Do they want them back because the job is over? Or is it because they need them home more? Perhaps the people they sent away are tired and it is affecting their jobs, their lives and the person talking just wants to look out for their mental health.

Of course it’s also possible that the person wanting them home is not happy with them. They failed and it’s time for a reprimand. There’s no point in leaving them where they are, because they already messed everything up.

We just don’t know what’s going on, which of course adds to the fun for a writer.

Who are the people talking? The first speaker sounds like they are in charge. The second person could be a friend, but more likely a subordinate of some sort. If they are playing a game, maybe it’s a teammate. Maybe the bases are loaded and the coach is telling the team’s worst batter to get a grand slam, whether because they believe in them or because they need it to happen and that person just so happens to be the one who is up and thus the one they need to make it happen.

On a sadder note, maybe some of the all that needs to be brought home are the dead. If they were in some sort of conflict, death is certainly a possible outcome and maybe that’s what’s happening here.

There is no question in the first speaker’s words. This is something that has to happen, no ifs, ands, or buts. How is the second person going to make it happen? Well, that’s up to them, but as far as the first speaker is concerned, this is a done deal. The conversation is over. “Bring them home.” So the question for you is, “From where?

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