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.


1. October 25th


“Hi, you’ve reached Michael. I guess I can’t get to the phone. Maybe I’m out. Maybe I’m asleep. Maybe I just don’t want to talk to you. Ha! Erm, so, whatever the reason, I’m not picking up the phone, so just leave me a message and I’ll call you back when I can. Cheers.”

“Hey loser, you get that you’re kind of a grown-up now, right? As in, occasionally some vaguely important person might try to reach you and they’ll end up hearing that from your answering machine? Bang go any future job offers. Anyway, Sara said a bunch of people are going down to the bar at the pier tonight and I thought I’d let you know. Bring Ally if you want. I’ll text you once I’ve hung up because God knows by the time you actually listen to this it’ll probably be too late. Where are you, anyway? Feels weird not knowing. ‘Cause, you know, I’m such a stalker and all. Right, so let me know whether you’re coming or not. Actually, no, you don’t get to choose: come. Or you suck. Bye.”

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