Triple F: What If You Got a Phone Call Like This?

How’s your week been? Mine’s been interesting–I had a consultation because someone wanted to recruit me, which was interesting. I dealt with some things I’d never done before (like someone proactively contacting me on LinkedIn).

Every Friday is Triple F, meaning Fab Fiction Friday, here at Fiction and Copy Decoded. And as is the case with about 100% of these things, these prompts are inspired by something in my life and/or my imagination.

So, here we go:

Your character picks up the phone. On the other end is a voice saying:

“How’s it going? I’ve got something to tell you and you’re not going to like it.”

What happens now?

Interesting things, that’s what.

Okay, we’ve got one line of dialogue to build a plot point from. No setting or character–so you’d have to pick those yourself.

First off, what’s being told here? And second off, why doesn’t the character like it?

Maybe even third off, why does the one on the phone know the main character won’t like it? Are they siblings, cousins, or what-have-ya? Lawyer and client? Mom and son? Dad and daughter?

(A lot of this would stem from what gender the characters are or aren’t–which is why picking them almost first off would be practically crucial.)

What if:

The cyborg lawyer tells his scientist client he’s lost the patent lawsuit, and the lawyer has to go work for another firm? (Now there’s a world for you–I might even lose myself in that one, one day). How would this impact the scientist, to lose something he’s worked so hard for–maybe even something he’s invested all his money into? What other things could we throw at this scientist–as if this wasn’t conflict and complication enough?

A two-bit thief tells a friend he’s gotten his car repaired, that he couldn’t afford to have fixed, by “buying” him another one, and he’s coming there with it now? This might have to be modified, depending on how this character got that car, especially since it might be in prime idiotic fashion (meaning he swiped it, and maybe is planning to drive it over someplace where the other character can get it). What would the other character think about this?

All right, that’s it for now.

February is almost over–by Tuesday next week, it’ll be March 1st.

Make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time (and week),



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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