Humor Fiction posted January 20, 2020

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Dialogue Only Contest Entry

Pride and Syllable

by Sally Law


What do you mean my syllable count is off?

Right here you wrote, "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain."
That's ten syllables. The first line of a Nonet is nine syllables. By the way, this sounds familiar. Did you plagiarize this?

It's nine syllables, not ten. Clearly, you can't count. I've been counting since I was one. You're the one who can't count! And for the record, I wrote this.

Well, I have been counting since I was eight months old and I'm telling you, you're off.

Ha! At eight weeks old, I understood Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.

Blah, blah, blah. We all figured it out when we threw a bottle of formula across the room. You're just trying to change the subject.

No, I'm not.

Yes, you are!

I have this Nonet ready for a FanStory contest and I'm pressing the button right now!!

Okay, you asked for it!! A four-star review coming from me to you.

Oh, no! Please... not the dreaded four-star review!

Oh, yes!

Okay, you win. Where's that on-line syllable counter?

It's right here. Now, you and I both know you took that line from a famous musical. I see your 'My Fair Lady' Blu-ray disc sitting by your computer.

Now what? Are you saying I stole that line?


I really want to win the Nonet contest. There's a cash prize!

But, at what cost?

Let me think. Arrest, imprisonment, and the ruination of my good name?

I'm not really sure, but I do know you'll sleep better.

Has anyone ever told you, you're a pain in the butt?

Yep. That's exactly what friends are for.

Dialogue Only Writing Contest contest entry



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