Hello, who is this?
an old friend.
I’m sorry, I’m still not sure who you are.
I’m afraid I’ve lost touch with rather a lot
of old friends.
Do you have the right number?
This is George McGregor.
And you are?
dont worry, youll remember me.
Could I get a hint, by any chance?
u never saw me in person
I’m sorry, I’m very confused. Are you quite sure
that you don’t have the wrong number?
i dont make that kind if mistakes
In that case, would you mind giving me
a bit more to go on?
For instance, what’s your name?
i have a lot of names
which one do u want?
One that I would know.
sorry, that doesnt narrow it down much
ur going to have to be more specific
Well, how about where I met you?
u first met me when ur mother died
then we were good friends during the war,
even if u didnt know it at the time
All my friends from the war died.
And I don't believe any of their ghosts
would have grammar that bad.
gotta keep up with the times
anyway, im not a gohst
Who are you, then?
You say I know you from the war,
but I’m quite sure I don’t.
What regiment were you in?
Were you in the medical corps?
i was everywhere
I don’t see how that’s possible.
If this is a prank, I assure you I do not appreciate it,
and I will be blocking your number in future.
no, this isnt a prank
Well if it is not, then would you mind telling me
who, exactly, you are??
im not very good at exact
but this might help
every soldier knew me
on every side of every war
Yes, that does make things clearer.
i thought it might
do u understand now?
I believe I do.
But how do I know it’s you?
ur mother died in her bed at 9pm on
the 15th of may, 1938. Ur wife died during
the london blitz, sometime around midnight,
sept 22nd 1943.
Yes, I do.
Why are you texting me?
Is it my time yet?
If so, why not tell me in person?
no, ur fine
i wont come for u for a few
I’m sorry, I don’t understand.
its a lonely line of work
i wanted someone to talk to
i thought u might get it
If that’s all, then yes, I do.
i can go if u like
No, it’s all right.
Out of interest, why me, specifically?
u were there
i was bored
thought it was worth a try
If you don’t mind me asking, how
old are you?
too old for a job like this
it never ends
no holidays, no breaks
hell, i dont even get medical coverage
benefits are crap too
I can imagine that it gets rather taxing.
I didn’t think that your particular sort
of employment would have those.
modern age and all that
i think i technically fit the requirements of
like 3 different unions
kinda ironic, when its the capitalist machine
thats always given me the most work
Really? Not war?
war is the busiest time of all
basically rush hour
capitalism takes them slowly, but its
ppl die of starvation every day
lack of medical care, alcoholism,
dumb things like that
Sickness, too, I would assume?
yeah, but that tends to take the rich along
with the poor.
like, its always worse for them, cause they
cant afford medicine and stuff like that, but
hey, at least its a bit more equal
u cant pay off sickness
Would I be right in inferring that
you are, in fact, a socialist?
ive always thought of myself of more of
im not even human
What are you, then?
Pardon my curiosity, but one doesn't
get to talk to you every day.
nah its fine
idek what i am tho
its kinda confusing
I’m sorry, I’m not quite sure what
i dont even know
i guess im sorta… made of ur ideas?
like, humanitys concepts of me?
that doesnt make much sense, sorry
No, I think I understand what you mean.
You are a personification of our
ideas of you.
yeah pretty much
tho im not really a person, so
im not sure about personification
Well, it’s the basic idea.
i guess thats why i have so many names
1 from every culture, pretty much
Are some more accurate than others?
ya for sure
the whole grim reaper business for example
its just silly.
for one thing, i dont carry a sickle
Which, would you say, fits the best?
Not sure about fits the best, but there’s this one
book called the golden compass
i like me in that one.
the author’s phillip pullman, if ur curious
I’ve read it; it’s quite good.
Out of all of your names, though,
what would be your favourite?
no ones ever asked me before
and tbh most of them are wayyyy off
to be honest
my favourite would prob be smth like
it sounds so much less hopeless than
the rest of my names
That makes sense.
This is entirely non sequitur, but have
you read The Book Thief?
You are, allegedly, the narrator.
nope, i havent
thanks for the recommendation.
Do let me know how accurate it is,
if and when you do read it.
do u mind if i text again?
sometimes,,,, its hard to do my job
w/out someone to talk to.
Though I may not reply very quickly
if you text late at night.
haha, that’s fine
its been a while since i could talk
i scare most ppl
When one has lived as long as I have,
you become much less intimidating.
One last question, if you don’t mind.
In human terms, are you male or female?
but out of the 2, who but a woman
could bear all the grief of the world
and keep doing her job?
no, thank u
for the chat and the
ill check it out
Do. I found it quite enjoyable.