Friday Fictioneers – One Phone Call

Photo Prompt © J Hardy Carroll

“You got the right to one phone call,” he said, raising the visor of his helmet.

All my life I’d been rehearsing for this moment. If a genie offered you three wishes, your first wish had to be that all your other wishes came true. Scheherazade ended her story each night on a cliff-hanger so the sultan let her live another day to hear the ending.  There had to be a twist with the phone too.

He smacked the night stick into his palm. “Come on, I haven’t got all night.”

“I must speak to the President,” I began.


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78 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – One Phone Call

  1. Well, good luck with that. Fun fact is that not all law enforcement jurisdictions must offer you a phone call. Some places only let you call a lawyer or similar professional. Some let you have a call but if no one answers, you’re out of luck. Others let you make as many calls as you want until you reach someone. It’s really variable.


  2. Hope he doesn’t call the orange one! Hey, maybe he could call the Indian president. We have just got ourselves a brand new one. Who knows, he might just help the protagonist. Good, fun take this one is, Neil. Cheers, Varad

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    1. Thanks William. If I were to continue it, I’d have to put in the work of figuring out how he prolongs the phone call indefinitely. And I’m much too lazy to do that


  3. Having Sheherazade as role model, what’s not to love about this guy. Very clever, too, although the wishing for more wishes never works. The magical people are no fools…

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