The number you have reached is…

It’d been months since they’d talked. Nothing had been settled and an angry silence hung heavy in the air between them. It was like that bad smell, the one you know you’ve gotten rid of it but it’s still there, stuck inside your senses.
Many times she picked up the phone only to hesitate and, place it back into its cradle. Sorry is always the hardest word to say and yet… and yet.
She picked up the phone again for the umpteenth time that day, found courage to dial the numbers one by one only to hear a voice say:
‘The number you have reached is no longer in service.’

This isn’t how I’m feeling. Just some thoughts on the prompt, what it made me think because sometimes
we do leave things unsaid and wish then, when it’s too late, that we hadn’t.
100 words + 10 prompt words.
Shared with Jenny Matlock Saturday Centus #74

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

18 thoughts on “The number you have reached is…”

  1. Those old tabletop dial phones were heavy. I can feel the weight in her hand as she heard the fateful words – words she didn’t have to hear. Sad, and so unfortunately true that we sometimes wait too long to say the things we should. This is beautifully written.


  2. Silence of this kind is very unpleasant…
    What a coincidence that my latest post has got the same theme.

    Please do read it 🙂

  3. it is often the things we leave unsaid that haunt us the most…sometimes we wait far too long…

  4. oh such a sad story ending…for what could have been such a sweet romance ….

  5. The moral is: Don’t put off till tomorrow what your heart tells you to do today! Great take on the prompt!!!

  6. Hmmm are you sure it was the number was not in service? Or was it, you are using such an old phone, I mean who uses rotating ones anymore, they we aren’t going to let you put your call through, upgrade now..haha

  7. Sometimes an empty number is relief..sometimes worry..I love the robust dial up phone..made conversations feel more robust..and you had to sit still and listen..Thank you for all your visits also and lovely comments..Jae

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