“Time to wake up,” Elizabeth’s phone said.

“We have the week off,” Linda replied.

“I know,” Linda’s phone said. “And you’re going to miss your flight.” (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 Squatchsulation and Turkey 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….


Note: These characters appeared previously in The gPhone, The Genius House, The Genius Office, and The Genius Car.


Elizabeth sat up. “Wait. What flight?”

“The 9am flight to Boston,” her phone said. “You’re going to see your mom.”

“I am?” Elizabeth asked.

“We are?” Linda added.

Linda’s phone let out an electronic sigh. “Okay, it’s like this. Elizabeth’s sister Faye’s phone told her mom’s phone that Faye wanted to mend fences. Elizabeth’s mom’s phone talked it over with Elizabeth’s dad’s phone and they agreed Elizabeth’s mom and dad would love that. So Elizabeth’s mom’s phone told Elizabeth’s phone and she told me and I knew Linda would want to go with you, so I made flight reservations.”

“While I got you Charlie cards,” Elizabeth’s phone said. “Because I knew you’d rather use the T than try to drive in Boston.”

“Well, I do like the T,” Elizabeth admitted.

“So who will be at this get-together?” Linda asked.

“Faye’s phone said her boyfriend Greg’s phone said he wanted to come,” her phone said. “So there will be four of you.”

“Plus Elizabeth’s parents, of course,” Elizabeth’s phone added.

“Uh huh,” Elizabeth said. “And how many of the people know about this?”

“They’re all finding out now,” Linda’s phone said. “Oh, and your car says the traffic is weird this morning, so you need to hurry.”

“Your suitcases are in the closet,” the house added. “Pack warm stuff. Your mom’s house says it will be chilly this week.”


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