Leave A Message

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. The two become friends, and slowly then all at once it becomes something more. Classic tale.
But this time it comes with a twist - all we get to see are the messages that Cat and Michael share over the two weeks that take them from friends to more-than. Told primarily through the messages left by Cat on Michael's answering machine, this story is about two college students trying to navigate an age-old transition.
Submitted for the John Green Fault In Our Stars competition.


6. November 7th, part 2


“Hi, you’ve reached Michael… Cheers.”

“I promise this is the last time I’m calling you. Swear to God. I’ve really ruined everything, and I’ve ruined us, and I’m just going to stop bothering you now because it’s clear you don’t want to hear from m- Sorry, someone’s at the door and they won’t quit knocking. One second. Sorry. … Oh. Um, it’s you. … I’m on the phone to you.”

“I find that hard to believe since I’m standing right here.”

“Your answering machine.”

“You seem to be making a habit of that.”

“Yeah. … Look, I’m really-”

“Jesus Christ, Cat, would you just stop saying you’re sorry?”


“Um, yeah.

“Sorry. Damn, I mean, no, I’m no-”

“Here’s what’s going to happen: you’re going to stop talking,

“I’m going to try this again,

“and this time you aren’t going to run away.





“Was that really so difficult?”


“Even though I’m kind of a nerd and not your type?”

“I guess I was wrong. I’m not as smart as you are, you see.”

“I’ve known that for a long time.

“You know, glaring doesn’t suit you.

“You’re way more beautiful when you smile.

“Like that.”

“Does this mean I’m forgiven, then?”

“Yeah, well…

“You did use proper grammar and everyth-”


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