A machine spoke, "If you'd like to make a call, please hang up and try again. If you need help, hang up, and then dial your operator." The message repeated, then silence. Then obnoxiously loud beeping, the indication that he should have hung up by now.
He realized, at this precise moment, that all he wanted was to be with her, to hold her in his arms, to know that everything would be alright. He needed to tell her that he loved her. He needed to call her back.
He hung up and tried again.
(Long-time watcher, first-time poster)
(Advanced critique encouraged)