Prompt: In no more than three pages write a compelling dramatic scene based on this scenario: Two people’s car breaks down which leads to a change in their relationship.
A man gripped the wheel of a car while his companion, a woman leaned back in her seat. The cool breeze of the night moved in and out through the open windows. The headlights pierced through the dark of the night as they drove. They were crossing an empty patch on the highway when the car began to shudder. It limped forward and then came to a standstill.
“Please tell me that you stopped for a pee break?”
The man turned the keys again. The car coughed for a moment and then shut down.
“I’m going to have a look; can you hold the torch for me?”
They step out of the car and circle it once.
“It’s a flat tire.”
“Well, that’s alright then. We can change it.”
“Well, this is actually the spare tire. And I haven’t got the replacement for the original yet. So...”
“You know I let you come along because you said you had a functioning ride.”
The man offered a weak smile and pulled out his phone.
“Luckily I do have a fully functioning cell phone.”