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Today’s Writing Prompt: When I Heard Her Say…

Today, start your writing by completing the sentence: “When I heard her say…” The aim of today’s writing prompt is to be as creative as possible and write something surprising that the reader would least expect.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

When I Heard Her Say…, by K.E. Creighton

When I heard her say my name over the line, I couldn’t believe my ears. I actually moved the phone away from the ear the speaker had been touching and held it out in my hand in front of me like it was some type of extraterrestrial object. I stared at the screen. She was calling from an unknown number. For a split second, I thought about ending the call to see if she’d call right back, so I’d know for sure I wasn’t hallucinating.

She said my name again, loud enough to snap me out of my trance. I scrambled to place the phone next to my ear again, almost dropping it on the floor in the process, and finally responded, “Yes. I’m here.”

“Hey, honey. It’s mom. I’d love to see you for dinner tonight if that’s okay with you. Does meeting at Mimi’s at seven-thirty work for you?”

I was speechless.

How could she ask such a thing? And in such a singsongy voice, without a care in the world, as if it were the most natural question to be asking me? I almost hung up on her again while contemplating how disappointing it was that you can’t slam down a smartphone to really hang up on a person like you used to be able to with the receiver of a rotary phone, which was actually the type of phone I was using the last time I saw her. But instead, I said, “Sure.”

“Great,” she said with a smile in her voice before hanging up on me. I sat down in the uncomfortable plastic chair at my kitchen table with visions of where she had been and what she had been doing all the years since I’d seen her last, and who she’d been doing them with— after she had announced that she had stage three cancer and had left home with no forwarding address.

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