What can YOU say in six sentences?
Phones don't usually carry good news at midnight; she grabbed the receiver, expecting only and always the worst: instead, a familiar voice, as close as breathing.
Hey, remember me?
Yes, she said, of course I do; and even in the act of speaking realized how impossible this conversation was about to become; Jake, she said, how...um, where...
He laughed, she could almost see his eyes crinkling at the corners when he had teased her and she reacted just this way; Babe, you think I forgot about you?
It was him, all right, after all this time, all these years, same voice, same laugh, same warmth flooding through her...it can't be you, Jake, you're...dead. At the other end "yeah, I know , babe; it's a bitch, isn't it?-- then a soft, regretful laugh, and silence as he hung up the phone.