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What are Friends For?

An Entry into Belle's "Text Thoughts" Challenge

By Amanda StarksPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Top Story - June 2024
What are Friends For?
Photo by Nate Smith on Unsplash

Jack - message sent from iphone

11:59 pm - Hey, u awake?

I need ur help man



hey, wake up!!!!!


12:15 am - Bro wtf? Its past midnight

What is it this time


12:16 am - Man, its bad

my gf is coming home early and I need to get rid of this shit


12:19 am - Really? Again, bro? You gotta stop doing this


12:19 am - I know man, but u know me

once i down one I can't stop

By Shayna "Bepple" Take on Unsplash


12:21 am - You need help

like professional help

I can't keep doing this for you


12:22 am - Please man, I got no one else

this will be the last time i swear!!


12:25 am - [ MESSAGE DELETED ]

12:30 am - fuck dude

I really shouldn't but I know you've been improving

fuck fuck fuck

12:35 am - FINE this is the last time I help you, okay?

You're like a brother to me, but I can't be an accomplice in this any longer



I understand, I don't like asking this of u either but its bad, like BAD bad and I can't lose melissa to some stupid one-off mistake ya know?


12:37 am - I get it bro, but this is the last time.

Where did you leave everything?


12:39 am - Back porch, its all bagged up

but this shit is everywhere man

i was really stupid and messy this time

be careful u don't cut urself on the glass

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12:40 am - Heard that.

Alright, I'm on my way over


Melissa - sms message

9:30 am - Hey, Connor! I just got home from the airport but I don't see Jack he at your place?


9:35 am - Hey, mel. No, he's not at my place. Last I saw him he was home.


9:40 am - Well, his keys and his wallet are gone and it smells horrible in here. Did y'all do something together last night?


9:41 am - Wtf? I literally saw him last night. I helped him clean up a bit because he was worried about you coming home early.


9:43 am - Well y'all did a HORRIBLE job. The smell is so bad!!

9:45 am - [ MISSED CALL ]




explain yourself RIGHT NOW

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9:46 am - Oh shit...fuck, I'm sorry melissa


9:47 am - What do you mean 'I'm sorry'??! THERE'S A DEAD PERSON IN MY HOUSE CONNOR!!


9:48 am - He told me this was the last time. I didn't know there were other bodies

9:50 am - Melissa?

Connor - message sent from iphone

10:01 am - Jack, she knows


10:02 am - No, nah man you can't be serious


10:03 am - She saw one of your bodies bro

I thought you said the one last night was the only one!!


10:05 am - I swear it was a mistake man I never meant to hurt em

shit dude, I can't do this again to u


10:06 am - I warned you to stop. You were doing so well, what happened??


10:07 am - doesn't matter now man we gotta clean up


10:10 am - Yeah, got no choice at this point with your fuck up.

I can't get caught. I got a future to think about

and fuck man, melissa was a good one


10:11 am - yeah bro its unfortunate

but you got me right?


10:15 am - Yeah, one more time

besides, what are friends for?

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Author's Note:

Huge shout out to Belle for coming up with this super fun challenge. I've dabbled with dialogue only before, but I have to admit, using the details of texting to add more depth to the story was a lot of fun.

She's got more coming down the pipeline, so consider subscribing to her page and joining in on her other challenges!!


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Amanda Starks

Lover of the dark, fantastical, and heart-wrenching. Fantasy writer, poet, and hopefully soon-to-be novelist who wants to create safe spaces to talk about mental health. Subscribe to my free newsletter at for updates!

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Comments (17)

  • Belle20 days ago

    INCREDIBLE, AMANDA! This one was absolutely crazy!!! I loved how you FLEW with the prompt!

  • Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • ROCK 28 days ago

    Excellent script; I loved this! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Ameer Bibi30 days ago

    Ahhhhhh Love it Friends are truly a blessing Congrats on TS

  • TahimaAniabout a month ago

    Interesting 👍.. Congratulations

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Oh ugh. One more??? poor girl. unexpected. I thought it was about something else, until.....Congrats on TS🥳

  • K.P. Samiabout a month ago

    I could taste the suspense! So good !

  • D-Donohoeabout a month ago

    Great work on this one! Really enjoyed reading.

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Well that was unexpected. Well done and congrats on the TS.

  • Rachel Sabout a month ago

    woho! Sounds like a lot of trauma or movie watching filling that mind. Nice job! *shouldn't this be "content warning"?*

  • Margaret Brennanabout a month ago

    brilliant. had me on the edge of my seat. love it.

  • Annalise Zeraabout a month ago

    Huge shout out to Belle for creating this super fun challenge! I've experimented with dialogue-only formats before, but incorporating texting details added a whole new layer of depth and enjoyment to the story. She has more exciting challenges coming up, so be sure to subscribe to her page and join in on the fun!

  • Chloe Gilholyabout a month ago

    Brilliant story kept me on the edge.

  • Kenny Pennabout a month ago

    Holy shit, Amanda, what a wicked twist! I love this story! Man what a perfect red herring you left for us. So good!

  • Ian Readabout a month ago

    LOVED the twist! Awesome job!!!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Horrific mystery story!!! Love it!!!💕❤️❤️

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