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The Daily Prompt – August 14th – Phone Call




1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

2. You may write in any format you see fit (fiction, non-fiction, poem, song, script, etc.)

3. Post your piece of writing in the comments section of the website to be considered for the ‘Best Of’ section.

The Prompt: 

You sit across the living room, clinging to the arms of your favorite chair, as the phone rings incessantly. You know you should answer it, but you also know that answering it could change everything. You slowly push yourself out of the chair, allowing your arms to release their grip on the fabric, and you move toward the tone of the bell. You hesitate for one more moment to collect your thoughts, and take a breath. Your hand inches toward the receiver, and finally, you make the decision to …

Finish the story.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “The Daily Prompt – August 14th – Phone Call

  1. The Running Son
    August 14, 2013

    …comply. You ask why. How can this red phone, merely plastic and rubber cording and copper wires, have such a command over you. But you know.

    You know. Deep down where rumbling bowels drum out the truth. Down in the knowing place, where butt cheeks tighten at the very thought of red, or phones, and definitely pinch closed at the image of a red phone.

    Big scary red phone. Bad bad naughty red phone. Red phone no ordinary phone.

    Two things to innocent readers, virgin to all red phone horrors:

    1) Never, in a moment of lazy weakness, swear to the devil, offering your body, if only he will make the phone stop ringing.
    2) If you are so foolish, answer the friggin phone when the Devil call. I am serious. Failure to do so will incur the following immediate response: you will discover just how far the coiled cord can stretch, and you will discover just how far the receiver can enter

    in through your out door.

    Bad naughty phone.
    -• RunningSon •-

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