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First Contact

by on March 14, 2013

This story was written for Trifecta’s weekly prompt, which was to use the following definition of the word “time”: an appointed, fixed, or customary moment or hour for something to happen, begin, or end,  an opportune or suitable moment.”  Enjoy!

Timothy stared at his cell phone lying on his desk as if it were a coiled snake ready to bite him.

Right, he thought, I can do this. I can. He reached gingerly for the phone, poked at the contacts list till he found her number, and hit the call button.  Timothy heard the sound of ringing, and almost panicked. Maybe it’ll go to the answering machine. Yeah. Then I’ll just hang up and she’ll never know and everything will be fine and-

“Charlotte, who’s this?”

ACK. Okay. Breathe. BREATHE. “Hey, it’s….erm….it’s…Timothy. Is…um…is this a bad time?”

“No, you’re fine,” she replied, and Timothy tried not to analyze the tone of her voice. Was it friendly? Distant? A cool veneer  disguising a level of sheer hate that burned as brightly as a thousand thousand suns?

“So,” Charlotte said after an awkward pause. “What’s up?”

Timothy lost his head, threw away his analysis, and blurted his question out in one rapid fragmentary burst. “Would you I thought maybe the concert tonight?

“I’m not going.”

Darn. Timothy could’ve smacked himself. He’d done this for nothing. He should’ve known. The concert was a stupid idea anyway. It was hopeless. He was going to end up an old bachelor puttering around in a garden somewhere talking to his plastic lawn gnome.

“Actually, I just got the DVD of The Avengers in the mail. It has commentary and everything. Wanna come over and watch it?”

“YES! I mean, um, yeah. Sure. That’d be fun.”

“Right. See ya in a few. Bye.”

And zing went the strings of his heart.

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18 Comments
  1. Yay! I love when things work out that way.

  2. This was a fun read! We definitely have all gone through a similar situation. Very relatable and well written. Great work!

    • Thanks! I’m glad it was relatable; usually I write about zombie penguins and superheroes, and sometimes I imagine it’s hard to relate to that.

  3. AVENGERS! WOOOOOO!

    …A-hem. I mean — well done!

    The final line is fantastic. 🙂

  4. Aw. And hard to say no to “The Avengers”!

  5. Hey, that’s good news!!

  6. Draug419 permalink

    haha a geeky girl yes!! 😀 Go Timothy!

  7. He may have botched his question, but it looks like things worked out well anyway!

  8. I love this: “A cool veneer disguising a level of sheer hate that burned as brightly as a thousand thousand suns?” That’s totally the imagination working overtime, and I know the feeling well! Great job.

  9. kymminbarcelona permalink

    Love the cell phone as snake!

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