Rings

Tuffin waited for ten rings. No answer.

He dialed another number. “Tell me a story.” He said. “I am sorry?” He heard. “Tell me a story.” He said. …Silence.

Tuffin tried another number. “Tell me a story.” He said. “Hello who is this?” He heard. “Tell me a story.” Tuffin replaced the receiver.

  • Three calls each sitting.
  • Four digits per call.
  • Never repeat the same four.

He was alone so it was easy to remember.

Then one day, after hundreds of digits.

“Tell me a story.” He said. “Very well” said the woman.

So she began.

When she had finished Tuffin replaced the receiver. He looked at the telephone on the table in front of him and the photograph beside it.

He knew it was her.