Everyday, we make commitments to one another, little verbal promises to fulfill. Maybe we agree to meet a friend for dinner or promise to cut the lawn. Or maybe we agree to pick up someone’s suit from the drycleaners so they won’t be late for a business meeting.
Unfortunately, things can come up that force us to make choices. If another friend phones you with an emergency, do you break a previously scheduled dinner date? Neglect the lawn? I find it easier to break promises I’ve made only to myself.
What kind of values do your characters have around keeping promises? Would they break an agreement to hang out with their girlfriends if their boyfriend asked to do something? What kind of message does it send to another individual if they can’t keep their word? So what if it is an emergency? Does that trump their commitment? How would they define emergency? Broken bones? Blood? Emotional trauma?
So for today’s prompt, think about the kind of promises characters could make to one another. Write a scene where one character is put in a situation where they have to choose between keeping a commitment and another person’s demand for their time. What happens?