It’s a Line Prompt this week.
“Why doesn’t the phone ring stop? I’ve pressed all buttons.”
Barbara was a fit 67-year-old. She maintained a decent weight, got frequent cardio exercise, and even had all of her own teeth-except her wisdom teeth which were removed when she was 20. So, when she started answering her phone to no one there, she assumed it was one (of two) younger guys who had been ‘coming on to her’ at the gym.
The creepier one had recently asked her personal questions about her financial situation which led her to believe he was looking for a ‘well-to-do cougar‘ to support his ass who might feel privileged to have male ‘arm candy’ in exchange.
The phantom calls were infrequent at first but lately happened 4 or 5 times every day. Finally, when it happened at two in the morning, she decided to call and make a police report. She knew that she had no specific evidence but wanted those guys ‘on the record’ in case she mysteriously disappeared because her female warning system had now ramped up to Def-Con 4.
The police stopped by and kept their visit discreet per their phone arrangement.
As they were about to leave, after jotting down every detail about the two men from the gym, she gasped, “There! It’s ringing officers. Can you trace it or anything?”
She snatched up the receiver before they responded then she started banging at the phone becoming hysterical.
“Why doesn’t the phone ring stop? I’ve pressed all buttons. Officers, can’t you make it STOP?!”
The two officers replied in unison, “Ma’am, I didn’t hear any ringing.”
This announcement put Barbara over the edge. So much so, the officers encouraged her to go to the ER even offering to take her there themselves.
Her ER diagnosis ended up being tinnitus– an intermittent, sometimes constant, ringing in the ears- so Barbara left the ER just before dawn with an appointment to see an ear specialist, some anti-depressants, and ‘egg all over her face’.