Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to our sixty-eighth battle.
This week we have one of those prompts that seems simple, but has near-endless meaning: the telephone. While obviously this device is absent from much of storytelling’s history, seeing as it didn’t exist and all, it more than made up for lost time when it finally emerged on the scene.
In the early days it was stories about crossed lines causing confusion, or party lines bringing lovers together. Detective stories are rife with telephones being traced, gangsters always seem to be waiting in telephone booths, and if sci-fi is more your thing, there was the story of that one alien who wanted to phone home. And in recent years? Well as smart phones have emerged the number of ways in which a phone can fit into a story have exploded.
So that’s our challenge this week. Write a story in which a telephone plays a central role somehow.
Who will get through and who will go straight to voicemail?
Let’s find out!
The Telephone Tussle is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).