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the call from hell
By Steve Patterson
Saturday, June 18, 2005

Rated "PG" by the Author.

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i was sittin' in my chair
when the phone rang

yeah this is hell
will you accept a collect call?

from who?

think it's your son.

of course.

she said the charges
are never reversed.


it will cost you your life.

for a moment i stopped & i realized what she'd said.


"dad... you there"
of course i am.
he said damn i been shot.

i'm on my way
it'll be ok

this is my only call.

ok. on my way.


yes son
can ya' get here soon?

on my way!

i showed up
as quick as i could
not as quick as i woulda liked

there he lay
there he stay
my son
my son dyin'
just tryin' ta' be alive
with all he had ta' give

i walked in
and there were two
standin' over him
i just looked at them

"what the hell's goin' on"
i ask
the light one said
ask him

i looked at the dark one
and i said
"what the..."

you the one he called?


"he's dyin' and goin ta' hell...
you take his call"

didn't stop to think
it was said in a blink
of an eye

'cause a debt is do...
it's up to you...

i looked at Death
i took a Breath
i'm over due
take me
not my son
let him be
to run
and play

Death said ok.

he took my hands and put them behind me
i stood

my son said
i said
it'll be ok

as He took me away
nuthin' else for me to say
we made our way
to a long black hurse
i knew my life's curse
but it wasn't worse
then sein' my son

looked at me
can you see?


just get in
you old man
let it be

i sat in the back
Death said don't look back


i was in Heaven

Death looked at me
and said

always liked a sacrifice

welcome home

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Reviewed by Sherry Heim 6/19/2005
This was disturbing and frightening to read, Steve. I am glad you gave it a happy ending.
Take care,
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/19/2005
Bravo, Steve! What a profound story of love and sacrifice! Powerful! Clap, clap, clap!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/18/2005
Well, if you are in heaven, then NJ you won't be seein', as they say NJ is hell and the angels they don't visit here...Ed

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