Find the Phone

The phone rings in the middle of the night. And rings. And rings. I try to answer it, but can’t find it. My hand flops around the nightstand like the proverbial fish out of water. I’d laugh if it was funny.

Finally, my fingers find the phone. “Hello?” Who’s calling?” No sound. But the ringing continues. Ringing! Damn!

Where’s the light? It’s too dark. I can’t find anything! The ringing again! Did it ever stop? My head is going to implode. Except the blasted ringing keeps it from collapsing. The irony is not lost on me how the only thing that saves me is the very thing that tears at my sanity.

I huddle on the floor in a corner. And wait. I wait until the doctor comes to change my medication. Then sleep again to dream. Or wake to find the phone.

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Flash Fiction Challenge “The phone rings in the middle of the night”

From painting in-home murals, to painting on glass, to painting on a more expected surface-various sized canvases- I’ve found a way to express my moods and thoughts. Photography and its corresponding photo editing is a relatively new, and enjoyable, endeavor.

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  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghalmost 5 years ago

    Woah! Nice twist. I saw the padded walls and the slumped person. Great job. SHBAM! Loved the end! Cheers, Rhino

  • Thank you! I’m always pleased when something I write makes a picture in the reader’s head. :) Glad you liked it!

    – Karirose

  • S .
    S .almost 5 years ago

    wow !!! nice one .. dark !
    but well written .. good job !

  • Thanks! I have a tendency to write a little dark. Glad you liked it!

    – Karirose

  • Lawford
    Lawfordalmost 5 years ago

    I wait until the doctor comes to change my medication.
    Hey. Dont change it. This lot seems to be working.

  • I’m so glad you think so! My psychiatrist seems to agree. :)

    – Karirose

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 5 years ago

    Very cool short write. love, shar xoxo

  • Thanks! I appreciate the comment and the fave. :)

    – Karirose

  • Cathryn Swanson
    Cathryn Swansonalmost 5 years ago

    Well done Karirose.

  • Thank you so very much. :) Once started, I knew this one wouldn’t be a happy story. LOL

    – Karirose

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearcealmost 5 years ago

    Great story!! Beautifully written!

  • Thank you so much! When I started it I didn’t know how it would end. It took a couple of days before I settled on this ending.

    – Karirose

  • Lilbits
    Lilbitsalmost 5 years ago

    Fab Writing Hun:)))))))))))))xoxox

  • Thank you much, my friend! :)

    – Karirose

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoabout 3 years ago

    I love the flopping fish analogy! This is a really wonderful . . . ah, can you hear a ringing noise?
    So much tongue-in-cheek! Really thoughtful with an undertone of wit. No, really, sort of a ringing ? ? ?
    ; ) Ellen

  • Yeah, I liked the flopping fish image, too. :) And oh the scary things that really do go on in my head… including the constant ringing.

    – Karirose

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