Harley didn’t feel like getting up this morning but she had done so anyway. Dragging herself out of her cosy warm bed, she headed straight for the bathroom, her stomach growling like an angry bear. Sitting down on the loo, she wondered how many times she had got up in the night to come into here driven by an IBS flare up as punishment of eating too much ice cream. She counted to four before the ringing of the house phone interrupted.
I’m not going to get it. It’s only going to be a cold caller, she thought.
Trying to ignore it, Harley yawed and wondered if she could go back to bed even though it was three minutes past eleven am.
A little dog’s yowling broke though her thoughts and with a growl, she sorted herself out and went to answer the phone.
‘Is that the bus station? I’ve left my library books on the seventeen bus,’ an elderly man’s voice spoke out.
Harley rolled her eyes before answering, ‘I’m sorry but it’s not. You have the wrong number.’
‘There were five books,’ the man continued, ‘The Queen’s Slave, Goldfish Keeping For All, Weave Looming And You, -‘
‘I’m sorry but-‘ Harley tried to cut in but the man carried on speaking over her.
‘London Werewolves and Whenever The Rain Falls Think Of Me,’ the man concluded.
‘They were in a bag for life. You know, the yellow ones with orange elephants on?’
‘This isn’t the bus station!’ Harley shouted, ‘you have the wrong number!’
‘Oh. I’m sorry….Do you know the right number?’ the man asked.
‘No. I don’t,’ Harley snapped and hung up.
Placing the phone down, she wondered what was going on with the crossed over numbers. A cold wet nose and a small licking tongue touched her bare toes and Harley jumped with a cry. She looked down and saw the tiny Yorkshire terrier give a startled yip and jumped back too.
‘Sorry, Yogi,’ Harley spoke and scooped the dog up, ‘just some people…’
Carrying the Yorkie upstairs, Harley set him down on her single bed then went to her wardrobe. Just as she had selected her clothes for the day; old blue jeans, black long sleeved top with a painted wolf angel on it, her Five Finger Death Punch hoodie and boot slippers, the phone rang again. Tutting, she left it to ring until Yogi pulled his head up and let out a mournful yowl.
Racing downstairs, Harley snatched the phone up again.
‘Is that the bus station? I’ve lost my library books,’ the same man’s voice from before came though the phone.
‘You have the wrong number again,’ Harley said.
‘I’m sorry but I really can’t help you. Try ringing a different number,’ she added then hung up.
Heading up to her room, she finished off getting dressed then picked up Yogi again. The tiny dog had been making a nest in her bedding. Going downstairs, Harley set him down on his own bed and went into the kitchen. There was a large puddle of water on the floor with a white scum on top of it.
‘Yogi! Did you do this?’ Harley called, ‘bad dog!’
Grabbing a tea towel, she began to mop the floor. Then though she noticed the far spread of the puddle because it filled the square space between the fridge-freezer, dishwasher, sink of the narrow kitchen. Also it was very close to Yogi’s bowls.
Puzzling and no longer thinking the dog had done this, Harley inspected the fridge-freezer, sink and dishwasher. Everything seemed okay. She went upstairs and got an old towel from the cupboard. Setting it on the floor, she saw drips coming out of the corner of the dishwasher.
‘Great,’ she mumbled then added, ‘I’m sorry Yogi. It wasn’t you!’
Getting up, she went to find the dog but the phone rang. Throwing her hands up, Harley went to answer it.
‘Hello dear. My husband his left some books on the bus. I was wondering if you could help us?’ an elderly woman’s voice asked.
Harley sighed deeply and brushed her hair back, ‘I’m sorry,’ she said trying to stay calm, ‘but this isn’t the bus station. You have the wrong number. This is a private house.’
‘Ah, I’m terribly sorry about that. Goodbye,’ the old woman said.
The phone clicked and Harley hung it up again. Going into the living room, she give some reassurance to Yogi then went into the kitchen and made some toast with jam on. Sitting down, she watched some TV, channel flicking between a house D.I.Y show and a famous courtroom drama. Though she had to get up a couple of times to use the bathroom.
Taking her breakfast things into the kitchen, Harley noticed that the dishwasher was leaking badly. The towel she had set down had a large half circle ring across it. Opening the door and breaking off the washing cycle, she looked inside and move a few plates and pans around. Dirty water fell out of the corner like a small waterfall.
Closing the door again, she waited as the dishwasher started again. However, water still dripped from the corner.
‘Dad will have to fix that,’ Harley spoke.
Leaving it and going to her computer, she pressed the on button and also turned the monitor on. Whilst she waited, she looked at a calendar on her desk. Under today, she had written; write chapter 23. working at shop- 5-11pm.
Harley’s face fell, she had forgotten she was working. She doubled checked on the calendar in her phone and confirmed it. Sighing, she noticed the computer was done loading and clicked open the draft of her novel. She had barely started reading the last few pages when the phone rang.
‘I’m not answer it!’ she called.
Yogi began howling in the living room.
‘I mean it,’ she growled.
Letting the phone ring off and Yogi’s long yowling faded away, Harley got back to her novel. She reached the last page with writing on it and tapped down to the blank one underneath. Looking at the page, she tried hard to think.
The phone rang.
‘Seriously!’ she cried.
Harley got up and answered the phone.
‘Is that the bus station? My parents have lost some books,’a young man’s voice asked.
‘No. It’s not and I don’t know why they keep ringing my phone number,’ Harley moaned.
‘I’m sorry. There must be a problem with the line. It’s fine. I’ll go down to the bus station and sorted it. Thanks, bye.’
Harley set the phone down and rubbed her eyes.
‘That’s it! I’m going back to bed!’ Harley declared.