answer ur %#*%& phone

Ring, rriinng, rrriiinnnggg.

“Answer your d****d phone,” I muttered and sputtered.

Click. Dial tone. (wonder why still call dial tone – why not dead zone, oops, taken. OK, why not dead tone?)

A bad connection or hang-up?

Ring, rriinng, rrriiinnnggg.

“You have reached la da la da la da . . . . BEEP.”

Pick up your GD phone,” I shouted, as if by yelling, the message could be heard outside of voice mail jail.

Dead tone. Tippy-tap. Click. Tap. Click. Clickity-clack. Click. Tap. Tap.

“Hit send,” I punched the button on the screen. Hoping a left hook or a right jab might have better luck than an soft rap with my finger.

Message marked Urgent, with flashing lights, super vibrate instructions, stand up and see me programs. Well, no, actually just urgent notice.

Wait. Wait. Look at watch. Wait. Wait.

Type and send message again: CALL OR MESSAGE ME! ASAP! IMPORTANT!

Make subject line text HUGE: LIFE OR DEATH

Couldn’t miss this. Checks phone every few minutes. Never out of reach or face. Scroller’s thumb. OK. Made that one up.

Pace. Check time. Check phone. Pace. Check time. Check phone.

D**n! Wish I could crawl into the phone, and pop-out the other end. That would get attention.

One more try.

You are about to be hit by a truck at 10:45 am. I know. Don’t step off the curb. Don’t cross the street to get a pretzel from the vendor. DON’T

Oops, I’d left my phone on airplane mode. Ding. Ding. Ding. et ceria et ceria et ceria.

Meeting went long – should have ended by 10:15, and here it is almost 1/4 to 11! Not enough snacks. Wonder if Pretzel Guy is around the corner today?

Wow. What a **** of messages. Some nut has been phoning and texting me every 5 minutes. Waiting for the light. Guess I should see what this person wants – Life or Death – oh, there’s the walk signal. New kind, tells me I got 30 secs. . . .

“Created” for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver 42: the mis[…]s

© phylor/tale weaver/ing 2015


6 thoughts on “answer ur %#*%& phone

  1. clothespeggedpat December 5, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    This was a really cool take on the prompt – loved the open-endedness of the ending. hmmm …. now isn’t that word just ticking off the spell check ;)

    You can feel the tension as you read through this Phylor … well done! Love the sense of irony and wicked imagination (wicked in a brilliant sense) :)


      • clothespeggedpat December 7, 2015 / 6:56 pm

        nothing but all good then ;)


  2. julespaige December 4, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Humor and mystery. Well not so humorous if it was a ‘Dead’ end, eh?
    And how did we know that there would be an ‘issue’ – clairvoyance or ESP?
    Lots of misdirection and miscommunication.

    Thanks for a fun prompt. :)


    • tale weaver/ing December 4, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the prompt. I enjoyed your BeeBee vignette.
      I was thinking, originally of the dead person phoning themselves before the accident as a warning. Like your one phone call when you’re arrested. You get one call before up or down. But decided to leave that open ended — maybe just lazy or tired, ;-)

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