Anna curled into a ball as the door opened, pulling her knees to her chest and wrapping her frayed skirt over her feet.
“Mrs. Andrew, thank you for coming. I’m Principal Kirk.” He stood, their hands meeting as friends. “Please, have a seat.” He sunk into the worn leather chair.
She turned, meeting Anna’s eyes before facing him again. “Thank you, but I prefer to stand. I have an appointment in fifteen minutes, so please get to the point.”
Anna hid a smile as Mr. Kirk squirmed, dropping his jaw. “Oh, well then.” He shuffled the papers on his desk then straightened his tie. “Anna committed a serious crime today.”
“Fourteen minutes, Mr. Kirk.” She brushed an invisible wrinkle from her suit.
Stunned, he stammered. “I said Anna committed a crime.”
“I heard you the first time.”
“Mrs. Andrew, there is no need to be rude. I -”
Green eyes flashed at him. “No, Mr. Kirk, there isn’t. You are the one who insisted I haul myself here at the fastest speed possible. I have clients to meet and will not break my appointment because you were unable to talk to me over the phone.”
He cleared his throat. “Anna pulled the fire alarm today. As a result she will be suspended for five days and have to pay a $150 fine.”
“Did a teacher see her do it?”
“No, but several students sa-”
She laughed. “Please tell me you aren’t basing this on student witnesses who are likely covering their culpability.”
“Well I -”
“Unless you have an adult witness or her fingerprints on it, we are done here.”
“Anna, let’s go.” She pulled a card from her purse as Anna sprang from the metal chair. “Feel free to contact my lawyer if you choose to pursue this.”
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Are you ready?
The conversation should be between two people/characters.
Using surroundings, body language, visual cues and blocking, in addition to the spoken words, show us who they are and what their relationship is without coming out and telling us!
Are they lovers? Are they happy or not? A mother and daughter in conflict? Siblings working at cross-purposes or towards a goal? Frenemies, Co-workers?
Let’s do this in 300 words or less.
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We last saw Anna in Worst Topping, Ever. This takes place about a week later.