Quick Thinking Saves the Day – 100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups Week #19

For this week,  we were asked to concentrate on one particular style of writing – dialogue.     Julia was very generous allowing us to use up to 158 words  including the  prompt:

…’Are you sure it should be that colour?’ …. 


“Brian, before you open the door I need to explain.”

“What have you done now Joe?”

“Well, you know she wanted the same paint we used for the Marco job?”

“Hmm, get to the point.”


“Joe, you numpty!  That’s not Cook’s Blue.  She’s going to go ballistic.”

“Yeah, okay, but how do we sort it?”

“Use a thin coat of Milky Manilla?”

“No Brian, I tried that and it went a mucky shade.”

“We could lighten it with Pale Calamine.”

“Tried that too, that’s when it turned purple.”

“How did you manage to get it to look khaki?”

“Sidney suggested a water wash of Ripe Melon.”

“Too late, I can hear her coming up the stairs.”

“Blimey Brian, we are toast.”

“Good afternoon boys.”

“What do you think of the front door, then?”

“Are you sure it should be that colour?”

“It’s a bespoke shade,  we designed especially for you.”

“I absolutely love it!”

“Thank you,  Autumn.”

Click HERE to read the other 100WCGU Challenge entries, which are highly original and very clever.



20 thoughts on “Quick Thinking Saves the Day – 100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups Week #19

  1. An excellent take and a great conversation piece. Glad it all came good in the end. x


  2. What a great conversation! It was very clever of you to tie it all up with her name & I loved the variety of colours they made whilst trying to get back to the correct one. Just shows what a bit of flattery can do!


  3. HonieMummy (honieBuk) November 20, 2011 — 8:54 pm

    Bespoke! Especially for you! Ha ha – you know how to sweet talk your way out of a disaster.


  4. So clever, keeping the same thread. I’m loving our ‘Autumn’ instalments.


  5. Brian has been busy this week! Great dialogue!


  6. From blue to khaki…ahhh….love the way the story wound it’s way to a dull color, Robin


  7. I loved reading that catalogue of disasters – what a relief taht she liked it. And how lovely to see Autumn back


  8. Phew! I wondered how you were going to resolve that in the word limit! Great post, I can just hear the two tradesmen wondering how to get out of that one.


  9. Clever ending- I was expecting some kind of showdown, but they managed to sell it to her. Good job.


    1. thank you, 158 words was never going to be enough if Autumn was to lose her temper over the front door 🙂 🙂


  10. Lisa Wields Words November 16, 2011 — 5:02 pm

    Lesson learned, just make the customer think they are special and all is well.


    1. I have never done dialogue before and just had to listen to voices in my head.


  11. Always a pleasure to catch up with Autumn Leaves. 🙂


    1. Oh yes! Autumn is certainly not forgotten 🙂


  12. Ah yes, make the customer think she’s very special! Works every time. I like your angle on this one. It worked well.


    1. Thank you. It’s a new venture for me to write dialogue and to get the story done within the alotted words.


  13. Excellent! All came good in the end. Oh the anxiety around decorating – a minefield!


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