Tell me a story

  1. I waited for ten rings.
    No answer.
    Then
  2. I tried another number. “Tell me a story.” I said. “I am sorry?” I heard. “Tell me a story.” I said.
    Then
  3. I tried another number. “Tell me a story.” I said. “Who is this?” I heard. I replaced the receiver.

Three calls each sitting.
Four digits so as to stay local.
I never repeated the same four.
It was easy to remember.

Then one day.

“Tell me a story.” I said. “Tell me a story.” I said.
“Tell me a story.” I heard.