We all have bad days at times. Sometimes this can be caused by unruly students, angry bosses, power-hungry co-workers, or hostile, volatile clients. Sometimes it can be caused by spouses who just don’t care enough to take ten minutes out of their day to say hello, cook a meal, or actually listen to our problems. Sometimes it can be caused by our own bad decisions, and sometimes it can be cause by the bad decisions of others. Whatever the reason, some bad days are worse than others. Sometimes it’s like comparing apples and oranges–bad day number 1 involved an unexpected bill while bad day number 2 involved multiple death threats and an attempted suicide. The two just aren’t comparable, and sometimes we just can’t get others to understand how bad our day really was… or we are just so mired in the crappiness of the day that we can’t see that they actually do understand and are trying to help. Regardless, a lot of the time we need people to turn to, and when we feel like those people can’t understand us, that tends to make a bad day worse. Sometimes, we just have to believe that they do understand, or at least that they’re trying their best, and that maybe tomorrow actually will be a new, better day, or that even if its not, the crap won’t last forever. Was that depressing enough for you? Well, I have a little experience with bad days, and honestly speaking I can say that others often understand a lot better than we give them credit for. A lot of the time they’re even giving us good advice, we just can’t see it at the time, and we assume that they just can’t understand. I’ve been on both sides of that equation, and I don’t honestly think that either one is easier.However, I do have a scene challenge for you. So, if you don’t already know the rules: I give you a prompt and you write a scene off of it. Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction. If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit. If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.
Your prompt: “Look, you’re just not getting it…”