Back when I was in 9th grade, I had a huge crush on a girl who was in the 8th grade as the same school as me. Somehow, with the help of friends, I managed to get her home landline number.
Since the day I got her number, I used to dial her landline number from my landline number.
Whenever I had the luck of her answering the call, I used to listen to her angelic ‘Hello….. Hello……. Hellooooo?’
Thankfully she didn’t have a caller ID on her landline, so I happily continued this practice for quite some time (not frequent enough to encourage a complaint).
We had two phone instruments at our house for the same landline number. One was in the hall, and the other one in my parents’ bedroom.
One fine day, I came back from school and decided to give her another blank call. After listening to her voice for some 4-5 seconds, I disconnected the call. To my horror, even after pressing the disconnect button on the phone, the call didn’t get disconnected. I tried, tried and tried but I was not able to cut the call. My crush hadn’t cut the call till now either. So after trying to disconnect the call multiple times, the reason hit me and I literally froze at that moment. When I turned back I saw my mom had the other telephone instrument to her ear and she was listening to the entire one-sided conversation.
I immediately folded my hands and asked her to cut the call, but she covered the mic on the handset with her hands and asked ‘Who is she? Shall I tell her your name?’
At this time, I was begging her with my hands and feet to please cut the call and I’ll tell her the truth later. Finally, she agreed.
After giving me a long lecture, she blackmailed me into buying groceries for the entire week from the market myself in return of not telling dad about it.