Audio Recording #8
Debora Kuan

You have reached the pre-emptive voicemail service and option menu. The person you have reached is not answering your call. He or she has opened up the phone, seen your name, and debated throughout the duration of at least three rings whether or not he or she should press "Accept." If it is any consolation, he or she has paced the room in circles and bitten one nail while trying to make this decision. But at this point, Voicemail would like to suggest it appears unlikely that the decision will be in your favor. To leave a message, press 1; to hang up and try calling again in the hopes of inspiring guilt, pity, or fear, press #; to simply hang up the phone and give up the chase, press the "End" key. Voicemail would like to recommend the third option. Thank you for using _____________.

Debora Kuan has poems and short fiction forthcoming in Court Green and New American Writing. She also writes art criticism for Artforum and Art in America.

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Read DK's other story, "Audio Recording #7."

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