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Today’s Writing Prompt: No Need

Write a dialogue between two or more people in which the phrase “no need” is used at some point in the dialogue. The people you’re writing about can be strangers or know each other well.

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My Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

No Need by K.E. Creighton

Patrick and I were taking the bikes down from the roof rack of our SUV when I heard a voice from behind us at the edge of the driveaway ask, “Need any help?”

I froze and nearly dropped my bike. I would know that voice anywhere anytime, even though I hadn’t heard it in nearly ten years. Because I still heard it nearly every night in my nightmares. The voice belonged to Frank, my ex.

Patrick smiled at Frank and said, “No need. I think we can manage. Thanks, though. I’m Patrick and this is my wife, Anna.” He walked over to Frank and shook his hand and kept talking to him, only a few feet from him now. “Did you just move in across the street? I could have sworn I saw a moving truck there a few days ago.”

“Sure did. Name’s Frank. It’s just my son, Kyle, and me. Moved in five days ago.” Then Frank looked at me and said, “You know. It’s funny. You remind me of someone I knew once. But her name was Amanda.”

I gulped reflexively and immediately prayed Patrick didn’t notice. He still had no idea who I was or where I was from. Even after seven years together.

All I could do was stand there, purse my lips, and use every ounce of strength I had to hold back every inch of my body that wanted to lunge at him on the way to get my son, our son, who was now only less than a few hundred yards away from me– a son I hadn’t seen in nearly a decade since he was a toddler.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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