Vasquez watched from behind the two-way window as Betts questioned the suspect. She caught the exact moment Betts cracked through her lies. The suspect explained herself with, “I knew he was with my sister. I called him and he said he was working late and couldn’t come see me. But I heard the ringtone my sister uses for calls from my mom. Nobody else uses that ringtone, see. So I knew. I just went kinda crazy after that. I don’t really remember going over there or what I did when I got there.”

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “ringtone.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

5 thoughts on “Ringtone”

  1. No matter the circumstances, a ringtone is always an intrusion. Like the alarm on a clock, it’s designed for this purpose. Ringtones can be caressing sounds. They can be jarring. They can originate in comedy or picked because of a place in life’s memory, because they recall stories that accompany sounds. A ringtone can be chosen for its personal value or simply be a random pick, a practical need. At rock bottom, a ringtone is simply one more utility in today’s world.;

  2. Laura is sitting in the oncologist’s waiting room among a small group of people. She’s nervous and fidgets. What will the result of the biopsy be? What will she do if it’s positive? She lives alone and hasn’t any emotional support. She’s also a very private person. As time drags on she continuously checks her wristwatch. Damn these doctors for forcing you to sit in their waiting rooms so long before an appointment. “I should begin to charge them for my time!” She is very, very upset. Afraid, lonely, and angry. “What is that stupid music she’s hearing breaking into her solitude?” Then she bursts out laughing. Someone’s ringtone is a very upbeat and silly ditty. Instead of irking her, as usual, she bursts into uncontrollable giggles. It forces her to realize life is full of surprises; sometimes good – sometimes bad.

  3. The ringtone on Colin’s phone shattered a quiet morning and dragged me from my slumber like a man pulled out of the ocean on the brink of drowning. It may no difference that I was sleeping at my desk, bouncing from one dream to the next with wild abandon. This was going to be a long day.

  4. The never-ending array of ringtones are a constant insult to our ears at times, especially in places where the phones should be placed on vibrate: restaurants, conferences, waiting rooms, movie theaters, etc., etc. I’ve noticed that no matter who many times they announce to shut down your cell phone when attending a particular event or function, there’s always one in the crowd who doesn’t abide by the request. Sometimes I wanna stop the world ’cause I wanna get off…

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