“Everyone has a smart phone,” the clerk said. “But this is a genius phone. You’ll love it.” (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include A Trip to the Spa and Indepen-squatch Day. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….


“A genius phone?” Linda asked. “What’s the difference?”

“A smart phone is basically a computer,” the clerk explained. “Sure, you can make calls and send texts, but it has a bazillion features and most people never figure out how to use any of them. The gPhone has all the smart phone features, but with a big difference. It figures out what you want to do, and guides you through the features to do that.”

“Now that sounds cool,” Linda said. “I’ll take it!”

A few minutes later, Linda stood on the sidewalk, looking at her shiny new gPhone. She had bought the forest green one. The color reminded her a girl she’d known in high school.

“Elizabeth Kelly,” her phone said, its screen starting to whirl along. “She was Elizabeth Rogers for a few years. Yes, she married the jerk. After two years she realized you were right about him, dumped him, and went back to her maiden name. She went to art school, is a self-employed graphic designer, moved back to town last year, and has an apartment on Maple Street. She’s free for lunch. Shall I call her, or would you rather send her an email?”

“I’m … not sure,” Linda said.

“Oh,” the phone added. “She was thinking about you just last week when she found her yearbook at the bottom of a box in her closet. Here’s a photo of the two of you, in your senior play.”

“Did I–” Linda began.

“Yes,” the phone replied. “You really did have that hairstyle.”


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