Had done this some time ago but was waiting for part three to kick in. I guess part four’s a rebel that ran away with me.
Funny how the simplest things are always the toughest.
Wryly, I pressed the knob on my phone and watched the screen light up for the umpteenth time then wane again. I sighed and turned my attention to the mangled slip on the table. The faded numbers called out, familiar yet distant.
I’m too old for this, I griped silently. I turned the screen back on and unlocked it. The message I composed looked up and I stared down at it a while before I keyed in those crumpled digits.
Then I sent it.
For the rest of the day I immersed myself in work, refusing to give in to my curiosity. Yet when I finally checked my phone, still a tinge of disappointment with the non-reply. “Well, at least I’ve done what he asked.” With impending deadlines, I quickly shelved the incident from my mind to focus on them.
“… so with the new tone that the client’s looking at, we’ll have to tweak the copy a bit…” Another meeting with more edits. I was taking notes on my phone almost frantically when an incoming call interrupted my fingers. Apologetically, I excused myself and placed the phone to my ear, walking briskly out of the room.
“Hello? Sorry, who’s this?”
“Ah. Hang on please.”
I could hear two voices in the background as I waited, then a rustle and someone spoke.
“Hey it’s you. Good to hear from you. I was thinking you might not have gotten my message.”
“Yes, I got it. Sorry I didn’t reply till now; it’s been hectic.”
“I can imagine. So yep, ankle’s fine, no worries.”
He laughed; that nasal, deep chuckle.
“But there’s one part of the message I didn’t quite get. You said you didn’t mean to ask for my autograph?”
“Oh… er, it’s a long story, but never mind. It’s good anyway.” Damn, shouldn’t have added that in.
“So you didn’t want my autograph?”
“Er… no, that’s not what I meant! I mean er… ahh…” I was tongue-tied with the sudden need to explain, worsened by the knowledge that the whole meeting entourage was waiting for me.
“Erm…. can I call you back? I’m….um, actually in a meeting.”
“Ah, sorry to interrupt. Yes, you can call me at this number any time today.”
“Okay. Sorry about this. I’ll get back to you.”
“Sure. Hear from you then.”
– End of part four –