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Answering the Call

A Short Story by

Answering the Call: A Short Story

"The young man must be lonely. There is something terrible about the look in his eyes, about the way his body slumps over the heavy, black answering machine perched on his lap."

The young man in question is indeed lonely, and his very unusual job is taking a heavy toll on him.

He house-sits homes during the owner's funeral. Someone needs to be there to answer the phone, receive deliveries, and deter thieves who might have seen the obituary in the newspaper and decided this would be a good time for a break-in. This is a more common problem than you might think.

The young man has seen a lot of strange things over the years in the homes of the dead, and sometimes his job is truly a matter of life and death...

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