Have two characters introduce each other using only dialogue—no backstory, no internalization, just dialogue between the two. Max 250 words.
I just went for it, script style.
CLAIRE: What is this?
JEREMIAH: A painting.
CLAIRE: Like graffiti?
JEREMIAH: No… A painting.
CLAIRE: How do you get each swirl to match so perfectly? How do you line it up?
JEREMIAH: It’s in the wrist. You have to do it quickly. Wanna try?
CLAIRE: I can’t.
JEREMIAH: Of course you can.
CLAIRE: No really. I can’t. I’m useless.
JEREMIAH: It’s easy. Try it.
CLAIRE: Trust me. I’ll ruin it.
JEREMIAH: It’s not like anyone’ll see. No one ever comes through.
CLAIRE: Then why do you bother?
JEREMIAH: I like it along the canal. It’s quiet. Still. I can think.
CLAIRE: Me too. It think it’s beautiful.
JEREMIAH: The water’s toxic, ya know.
CLAIRE: No. Your painting. I like it.