This is the third post in my new project The Opening Sentence — read all about it here, check out previous posts here and share any thoughts/ideas/criticisms below. As with yesterday’s example, the opening line is a real fragment of conversation I overheard.
“Don’t drop it. There’s a PlayStation in there, for fuck’s sake.”
“I didn’t drop it. It just fell over.”
“Well, why can’t you hold onto it? The queue isn’t that long.”
“Fuck that. I don’t know why we have to bring it anyway.”
“Because I’m not paying the hotel thirty bucks a day just so I can play games.”
“Because you never get to do that, do you? It’s a bloody holiday. Why do we have to drag the fucking console along?”
“Because there is no way that I am watching Indonesian TV. No fucking way.”
“You’ll be lucky if it arrives in one piece. Those baggage handlers always treat luggage like shit.”
“Well, if it’s well-padded, it shouldn’t matter if I drop it, should it?”
“Whatever. Do you want me to carry it instead?”
“No way. You can carry the other suitcase. That weighs a ton.”
“Well, that’s hardly my fault is it? I’m not the one packing a PlayStation for a beach trip.”
“Well, hold on to it ya mong.”
“Fuck you, ya cunt.”
It was going to be a good holiday.