Volume 1 Issue 16: Text Msg/Email

I did a really poor job getting the word out this week about this project and I am sorry about that. In my defense, I am a teacher at the beginning of a new school. My own (biological) kids have seen me for maybe an hour total this week. The fact that I am here now with two stories to post is a definite victory.
Enough of my excuses. On with the show. Our two stories this week come from the mighty Debbie Felio and myself. It was actually a fun prompt and one we might revisit later on in the year.
Hope you enjoy reading. See you on Monday.


Debbie Felio
                           u home?
                                                                    gg to hospital
                                                                     what else?
                                                                     I told you last week
                       you hid it well
                                                                      ??? wtf???
                      know what it will b?
                                                                      baby’s breath
                                                                         r u drunk?


Tiffany Key

Hello Mari:

This is a reminder that you had a student loan payment in the amount of $795.73 that was due on 12/10/2016.

If you haven’t made a payment, please do so today. The easiest and fastest way to make a payment is online.

We also offer these other payment methods:

By phone:


By mail:

Dept. of Education, FedLoan Servicing,

P.O. Box 530210, Atlanta, GA 30353-0210

Currently, your payment is due on the 10th of every month. We do offer the option to change your due date if a new date would make it more convenient for you.

If a due date change isn’t right for you, you could:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please do not reply directly to this message. Instead, Contact Us with any questions.


To Whom It May Concern;


Hello there. Thank you for reminding me of my debt. I do have lots of questions actually. One of my questions, for example, is how am I supposed to pay 700 dollars a month when I cannot even get a part-time job? I mean, I know the downfall of the economy is not (entirely) your fault but seriously, I have a Master’s degree and cannot even get hired at a gas station. Do you know how hard it was to walk into that Shell and ask for an application from a man who looks like he was tongue-bathed by a pitbull? But I smiled and said thank you, even laughed when I turned in the application and he said he’d have to make sure they had a shirt large enough for my “tig bitties”, as he put it. All that and I did not even get an interview.
And now I can’t go into that Shell even though it was the closest one to my house. I only applied because I could walk there which is a big plus since my car broke down back in June. I have been riding my younger sister’s bike to the grocery store, my main occupation now that I live back at home and help take care of my dad, who’s on disability. My mom never has time to go shopping because she is working three part-time jobs after she was laid off from the restaurant she was managing. Manager there for twenty years but then the new developments came and all those franchise restaurants…
And then my dad with his accident and now everything is just, well, exhausting. Every day I wake up tired and every night I lie in bed wide-awake, trying to unravel the mess of my life so I can find the little knot where I went wrong.
So, yes, I know I am overdue and no, I haven’t forgotten about you. It is just I have to have money in order to pay you. If things change, I will definitely make a payment but honestly, I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.



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One response to “Volume 1 Issue 16: Text Msg/Email”

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    deb felio

    Brilliant story Tiffany – So glad you persevered! Your kids are lucky students!

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