The Call

by Michael Redhill

Two men sitting on a sofa, watching an unseen television. We may hear the program faintly.

The phone starts to ring.

The men ignore it. Then after five rings, they look at each other, willing the other to get up and answer it.

Finally one of the men stands. Immediately, the phone is silent. He sits down. It begins to ring again. He stands. It falls silent. He sits. It rings. He stands, it falls silent. But now he goes over to the phone and waits.

The cushion where he was sitting tilts up and a man emerges from inside the couch. He has a cell phone, which he now snaps shut.


He leaves the room. Both men watch him. Then the man by the phone comes and sits down again.


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