English Short Stories

Stories in the Present Progressive

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An Amazing Performance

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Michael's phone is ringing and vibrating in his pocket.


"Hi honey, is the play starting yet?"

"No, not yet, Cari. We are all still waiting for the show to start." Michael is sitting in the third row, waiting to see their son Joe in his very first play. "What are you doing? Are you leaving yet?"

"I am finishing up some work and then yes."

"Okay, as long as you are hurrying. … Oh, they are pulling up the curtain right now. The show is starting."

"Oh good. I am listening. I am keeping you on speaker phone."

Michael is whispering into the phone now. "Cari, only two actors are walking onto the stage. Joe is not joining them yet."

"Okay. I am waiting. I am trying to be patient." Cari is laughing into the phone. After a few minutes, she is getting impatient. "What is taking so long?"

"Shhh! We are trying to be quiet, silly! Good job being patient. His part is coming up soon."

"Okay." She is sighing.

"Oh! Here he is coming! Are you hearing this? He is doing a great job! He is remembering his lines. He is really enjoying this!"

"Shhh! I am trying to hear him, not you!"

"Okay, sorry. I am just trying to keep you updated. Oh, wow, he is doing something amazing. Oh wow! He is …" An usher is walking down the aisle toward Michael. The usher is holding a finger up to his lips.

"Uh honey, an usher is shushing me. I am getting into trouble. I am hanging up now."

"No! What is he doing? Something amazing is happening? What is happening?" No noise is coming from her phone now. She is getting very upset, but at least her son is amazing at something!


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