Decisions are made every day. Some easy, others hard, and few are unthinkable. When a daunting task appears or a selection needs to be made, this trope offers a solution when no volunteers step up to the plate.
Drawing Straws - a method for a group of characters to make a decision, usually to select someone in the group to complete a task when no one wants to do it.
Not to be confused with The Lottery of Doom, this trope can be done using a variety of items. How did young Oliver Twist get suckered into asking for "more" gruel? He drew the long straw. In the long run, it was the best thing that could happen.
Drawing Straws may not be limited to "straws only." They could be sticks, matchsticks (a popular choice, as used in the film Clue and Stephen King's IT), pickled eggs (as seen in The Simpsons), rocks in a sack, or folded pieces of paper with a mark on one of them.
Straw's the limit.
Use whatever variation you'd like, to accomplish whatever task that needs to be done, or you can be a rebel and volunteer after the fact ... even in space!
Ever used this or a variation of Drawing Straws in your writing? What did you use? What was the outcome?
I'm David, and pick a straw .. any straw!