[Another exercise from my short story workshop: write a conversation between Voice A and Voice B]
A: How much gas do we have?
B: Enough to get us to the next service area.
A: Well, I have to pee.
B: It’s only seventeen more miles.
A: Why don’t you want to stop here?
B: The next service area’s better.
A: Jesus Christ, it’s a service area. Gas station, vending machines, a convenience store and food court that will be closed at this time of night. But the restrooms will be open.
B: The one here has a Roy Rogers and an Edy’s, but the one in seventeen miles has a Tim Horton’s, and the sign we just passed said it was open 24 hours.
A: You could have said you were hungry.
B: I don’t know if I’m hungry. I won’t know until I see what they have.
A: You’re going to Tim Horton’s to browse the menu?
B: I just want to keep going.
A: And I really need to pee. Let’s compromise — we pull over here, but you park at the curb while I run inside.
B: I though you went to the bathroom last time we stopped.
A: That was two hours ago! Can we just —
B: Aw screw it. [flips the turn signal to enter the service area] Not hungry anyway.