Dialogue Prompt – Going Back

“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Or so Dorothy Gale told us in The Wizard of Oz. This conversation isn’t necessarily about being able to go back home. It is instead about being able to go back at all.

The question you have to answer if you take this prompt is, “Go back where?” Well, that’s one question anyway. Other questions include wondering how serious this conversation is? And what is going on that might cause this conversation to take place?

For all we know it’s game night and one of them is about to make what looks like a big mistake to the other one and one of the two doesn’t clearly see the big picture. Or on the more serious end, maybe one of them is about to make an accusation against someone who is seen as being really upright or side with someone believed to be a complete black sheep in a really public way. There are a lot of things that could be going on here.

In my mind I see two people in a dark alley, or at least on a dark night like the one in the image at the top. One is walking away, to where, I don’t know, but walking away from where the other is. The second person reaches out a hand and puts it on their shoulder and starts the conversation.

Right after the conversation the second person is taken aback and looks at them with a visible start, not sure what to say to that conversation and while they are thinking about it, the first person moves out of their grip and keeps walking, this time continuing until they are out of sight.

I don’t know what I think the conversation was about. I don’t know and that’s okay. If I ever decide to use this situation in a story, I will figure it out then. What do you think you would do with it? Does anything come to mind?

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