Father-Son Argument (Dialogue only 1200 word challenge)


Day 12 – 1200 words (dialogue-only skit b/t two people in argument)

Dad: Did you do it yet?
Son: Do what?
Dad: You know what I’m talking—
Son: In a minute, okay?
Dad: No, son. Now. Please.
Son: Why does it have to be this moment?
Dad: Because I…
Son Nope. You can’t! Remember?
Dad: Wait…What? Remember what?
Son: Probably like…ten years ago. I remember! You sat me down one night. I was probably like seven or ten or something.
Dad: That math tutor sure was worth it.
Son: You said, “Ahem, well, uh…listen son. I want to do things differently…If you ever hear me begin to say ‘Because I said so’ you gotta just slap me and remind me how much I hated hearing it growing up.”
Dad: That voice…that was supposed to be what I sound like?
Son: Seriously though.
Dad: I am serious. I need you to do it…now. Soon. Your mother will be here any time.
Son: And that’s my problem because…
Dad: C’mon, man. I can’t do this right now. You’re almost a grown man. It’s time to start taking…
Son: Care of myself. Yeah. I get it. You and Mom are ready for me to be out.
Dad: Well, you’ve already finished one year of coll–
Son: Save it, Dad! I know!
Dad: Whoa! What’s with that shit?
Son: I’ll do it! I mean…Jesus! Why does it matter so much?
Dad: It just does. I guess you’ll…
Son: Oh shit…lemme guess. understand better when I’m a father?
Dad: I, uh..wasn’t going to say that.
Son: Right.
Dad: Okay, fine. Just…please do it. Like I said, she’ll be here soon.
Son: Have you always been afraid of her?
Dad: What did you just say?
Son: I said, ‘Have you always been afraid of her?’
Dad: What the fuck, man?
Son: Touch a nerve?
Dad: I’m about to…
Son: Hey!
Dad: College is changing you, son. In ways I didn’t expect.
Son: Wait. Come back. Dad!
Dad: What.
Son: I’ m sorry. That was…out of line, I guess.
Dad: Oh, you guess?
Son: It was. I’m sorry.
Dad: I’m…sorry too.
Son: What do you have to be sorry fo?. I deserved it.
Dad: No. You really didn’t. Not now. Defnitely not when you were younger.
Son: I’d…actually disagree. It made me who I am.
Dad: But you gotta understand, son. It’s not something dads want at the top of their parenting resume.
Son: What’s the big deal? You spanked your kids when they acted up. Who doesn’t do that?
Dad: Well, your mother for one.
Son: I meant dads.
Dad: Well…mine didn’t.
Son: But he wasn’t in your life.
Dad: Uh-huh.
Son: Okay. Here’s my thing. I mean, kids are going to test you. Shit, Dad. I just did not two seconds ago. At least when they’re a certain age, you gotta set ‘em straight, right?
Dad: Can I sit on that thing?
Son: What, the bookshelf?
Dad: No. That?
Son: Oh. Sure. Lemme just….here ya go.
Dad: Thanks. Huh. More comfy than I woulda imagined.
Son: We got it worn in this past year, my roommate and I.
Dad: I’d say so. Wait.
Son: What?
Dad: Um…did you, ya know…with anyone on this?
Son: Um…
Dad: I’ll get a chair.
Son: Sorry, Dad.
Dad: It’s fine. Glad I asked, at least.
Son: Why don’t we just go get some coffee.
Dad: That’d be nice…except you didn’t do what I came in here for in the first place.
Son: Shit. Okay. I’m willing to do it.
Dad: That’s remarkable.
Son: Okay, okay. I get it.
Dad: Do you?
Son: Ha! Not really. But I feel guilty now. You know…your back, or whatever.
Dad: Just don’t be in a rush to get older, son.
Son: You kiddin’? I’m never gettin’ old.
Dad: Don’t let your mother hear you say that.
Son: Ugh…she takes everything I say the wrong way.
Dad: Son…she’s a mother. She just cares.
Son: I know, Dad. I know. But I’ll bet she only tells you part of the story.
Dad: Are you suggesting that your mother would not be completely open with me?
Son: What? What’s that mean?
Dad: I was just being a dick.
Son: Ha!
Dad: Okay. I’m gonna get a chair. I’d prefer not to sit on that bed…for obvious reasons. In the meantime, please do it. Begin it. Do something to exhibit you heard her earlier and want to make her happy. She likes that.
Son: Being happy?
Dad: You know what I mean.
Son: Okay….Dad! Don’t!!
Dad: Why’d that happen?
Son: I forgot those were there.
Dad: You couldn’t even finish it?
Son: Shit. I forgot I put it down last night.
Dad: Now we’re both in it. She’s going to get here any second and we’ll be sopping up warm beer off that new carpet.
Son: Shit.
Dad: Dammit! It was one of the imports too!
Son: Yeah. Lemme get some cleaning stuff. Didn’t know you liked those fancy beers.
Dad: I splurge from time to time. Didn’t know you thought it was okay to drink in this house. You forget you’re only nineteen?
Son: No. That’s impossible.
Dad: Well, now we’re both in it. The room’s not clean. There’s beer on that new carpet. She’s going to be triple-pissed. So much for a fun weekend.
Son: Dad! Relax!
Dad: Shit!
Son: What’s wrong?
Dad: Oh, no!!
Son: Is it your back?
Dad: Yeah, son! I’m a grown man crouched on the fucking floor!
Son: What can I do?
Dad: Oh my god! Goddammit!
Son: Dad! Relax!
Dad: Shut up!
Son: I mean, don’t let it tense up! Here…sort of fall into this beanbag.
Dad: But you…
Son: Just do it, Dad!
Dad: I don’t want to think about what’s rubbed up against this fucking thing!
Son: Then don’t!
Dad: She’d better have been worth it is all I’m saying. This is torture.
Son: Do you have any…pills or anything you need?
Dad: In my…I mean…wait. Lemme think. I uh..put them…
Son: Dad! Think! Where were you the last time you took them?
Dad: Yelling at me isn’t going to speed up my memory!
Son: Okay! I’m sorry! I’ve just never seen you…
Dad: Nightstand.
Son: What?
Dad: For God’s sake…I took them a couple nights ago right before I went to sleep. They must be next to my bed.
Son: Okay. Just…breathe…
Dad: I’m not having a baby, son.
Son: I mean…relax. I’ll be right back.
Dad: Check around the floor if they aren’t on there!
Son: Dad?
Dad: Did you find them?
Son: Sort of.
Dad: What? Jesus. Either you did or you didn’t.
Son: Well, you were right. They were next to your bed.
Dad: Gimme two. And some water from your bathroom will be fine.
Son: The bottle’s empty.
Dad: What?!
Son: All I found was the empty bottle.
Dad: How can that be? I just filled it….lemme see…when did we go…
Son: It says a refill is allowed but with doctor’s approval.
Dad: Shit. It’s Saturday.
Son: So it can’t be filled until Monday?
Dad: Fuck it. I’ll just lay here face down in….ugh…whatever’s been on this beanbag until Monday.
Son: Wait! I hear Mom.
Dad: We’re both fucked now.
Son: What does that mean?
Dad: I was kidding. Go get the door for her.
Son: Hey, mom! Is that dad’s prescription? When did you get that purse?

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