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Gus Savoie's picture

“Hello?” I think answering the telephone is the only time I ever use that word. Dead silence. “Hello?” Maybe one of those telemarketer robots or maybe student loans finally found me. I’d better hang-
“You are receiving a call being sent from a text to voice service.” It’s a robot alright—Party’s calling. “Please, stand by while the call is initiated. Thank you.” Why do robots always say thank you? More robots tell me thank you these days than real humans. Ingrates.
“Josie, we are coming.” these robots have an unnerving precise manner to their dead voices. “Buy beer.” Yup, that’s Party alright, loves a few beers dumped into her tank.
“Hi, Party. When do you expect to arrive?” So much for never.
“Tomorrow.” Robot voice sounds hesitant, if that's even possible. “With my husband.” Well... fuck me.
“Congratulations!” I automatically chirp. FUCK ME. FUCK ME. FUCK ME. Josie’s going to fucking shit her pants twice. What the hell? “See you tomorrow!” Get that phone away from me, jeeezus!

paulbhartzog's picture

You had me at "Hello?"

imo
lose the first sentence

“Hello?” I think answering the telephone is the only time I ever use that word.

is a VERY strong beginning and caught my attention immediately even though I was slushpiling.....

:-)