Dialogue Prompt – Always Been

I was thinking about something in my childhood that clearly made sense to me at the time, but in retrospect, I wonder what I was thinking. If I were to guess, it’s most likely I thought it would make for a more interesting story, but it’s also possible that we accounted for it and I just don’t remember how.

As many children do, when I was little I played with toys. I had three younger siblings and two of them were involved in this particular thing. The youngest was too young at the time. We said we were playing ponies, but it really was ponies (My Little Ponies), dinosaurs, blocks, Duplos, Mickey’s Airport, Barbie (singular) and . . . Popsicle sticks.

We created this thing we called Pyramid Year which, also doesn’t make sense seeing as Pyramid Year occurred every single year and a year pretty much lasted however long we played for that particular day. What happened was that the ponies and Goofy, from my sister’s Mickey’s Airport set, would have some sort of contest to decide who would make pyramids, using of my brother’s blocks, and every single time Goofy would win. It was Goofy, by himself, against all of our ponies, who had an entire country with a royal court and everything, and yet Goofy won, so the ponies made pyramids.

I’m not sure what the point of the pyramids was, probably just a way to include my brother’s blocks. All in all it was lots of fun, but it was an extreme imbalance of powers and when I was thinking about it, this dialogue popped into my head and I thought it would make a great prompt, because it can be about almost anything. What kind of situation can you see your characters in that would lead to dialogue like this? What kind of story would you draft from it?

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