Dialogue Prompt – Scared of Taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” or so we were told by Benjamin Franklin back in 1789. There are a great many people scared of the prior, but the person in this dialogue quote is saying the only thing he is scared of is taxes. This gives people anxiety at times with how complicated it can be, but are there very many people who consider it the only thing they are afraid of?

One thing I find of note in this prompt is that the first person expects the second one to be scared of them. As best we can tell from the words of the second person, this is not the case at all, but why?

Are they someone who just really is good at defending themselves, something that might be implied by the last sentence? Do they just not care about getting hurt?

Why does the idea of doing their taxes fill them with doom, but the idea of getting into a fight with someone and potentially getting hurt does not?

Does their reaction make sense to you? And if so, why? If not, why not? What about taxes is scarier than the situation they are currently in?

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