The Two Telephone Calls

The Two Telephone Calls

“Hello? Is John there?”

“Yea. Who is this?”

“It’s Steve. We’re at Karen’s house and too drunk to drive. Could you give us a ride home?”

“Yeah, sure.”

“Not a word?”

“Don’t worry.” click.

The following Saturday:

“Hello, Mrs. Bollinger?”


“This is John Wiley. When you found out I gave your sons a ride home last Saturday night, did you punish them?”

“Of course, why?”

“I wouldn’t read this morning’s paper.”

“Why not?”

“Last night I wasn’t home and I heard they wouldn’t call you so they tried to drive home drunk. All four of them died.”

“Oh my God….”

Copyright Peter Shogren, 1986