Short Story Sunday #12

Prompt — Dialogue, Little Description
Goal: 500-800 Words

“Did you see that? Did you just see what happened?” Aaron clapped his hands together with excitement.

“Uh-huh,” Chloe nodded her head while looking at her Seventeen magazine.

“You’re not even looking. How did you see it?” Aaron pouted placing his hands on his hips.

“I glanced up.” Chloe shrugged still not looking up from her magazine.

“I highly doubt that. You know, this is a pretty exciting project. I’m sure you’d enjoy it if you watched. You’d probably also learn a lot, too. You might even get some good grades in the class.” Aaron rolled his eyes with annoyance.

“I don’t like science, Aaron. I never have and I never will. I’ve never been good at it, either. That’s why you’re doing the project and I’m staying out of your way so you can do a good job for both of us.” Chloe flipped to the next page in her periodical.

“You do realize that Mr. Wilson said that he was giving us each individual grades, right? Just because you and I are partners on this project doesn’t mean we’re going to get the same grade. You evaluate me and I’ll evaluate you on the day the project is due.” Aaron smirked as he folded his hands across his chest. “I can rat you out and tell Mr. Wilson that all you did was read your magazine while I worked very hard on my project.”

“You know, I could do the same to you, too.” Chloe sneered finally looking Aaron in the face.

“You could,” Aaron agreed. “But I have an A in that class. You never do your homework, you rarely show up for class and when you do you’re always late, you never pay attention in class and never take notes. Do you really think Mr. Wilson is going to believe you when you say you did all the work—an A+-worthy project, by the way—and that I stood by and did nothing?”

“Fine,” Chloe growled slapping her magazine down hard on Aaron’s kitchen counter. “Just what is it that you want me to do?”

“I want you to help me. Like I said, you might learn something and you might even like it.” Aaron smiled trying to sincerely be friendly.

“I highly doubt that.” Chloe popped a bubble with her gum.

“Here, do this.” Aaron took Chloe by the hands and showed her exactly what to do on the project.

“Like this?” she asked.

“Yeah, just like that.” Aaron nodded. “Now you’re going to hold the red wire on the tin foil and hold the blue wire over here.

“So like this?” Chloe accidentally tangled up the wires.

“Uh, no,” Aaron sighed waving her hands away. “Let me fix it. Hold on.”

“Okay, but hurry. My show is going to be on soon and it’s a new episode. So I need to go home soon.” Chloe placed her hands on her hips impatiently.

“We would have been done with this a long time ago and you would have been home already if you had just helped me in the first place. Now give me your hands again.” Aaron grabbed both Chloe’s arms.

“Ouch!” Chloe screamed as the wires shocked her. “That hurt! What was that for?”

“I didn’t do that, you did.” Aaron sighed. “You put the wires in the wrong spots and…great. Now you short-circuited it.”

“Wait, I think I can fix it!” Chloe enthusiastically reached for both the wires again.

“You don’t know how.” Aaron batted her hands away. “You know what? Why don’t you just go home? I’ll finish the project myself. I didn’t realize that you were going to be more work than the actual project.”

“Really? You mean it?” Chloe seemed surprised.


“What about the evaluation with Mr. Wilson?”

“I’ll be sure to tell him that you really tried your best.” Aaron sheepishly smiled.

Words: 645

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