Phone Tag: A Love Story

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“Hi Mason, this is Ava Butler. We have not talked in a long time, not since college, but I am passing through town for a few days on business and if you have a few moments it would be great to get together and have a cup of coffee. Give me a call when you get this message.”

This is Ava Butler with PNW Media Group. Please leave a detailed message with your name and number and I’ll call you back.

“Hi Ava, Mason here. It has been forever. Look, I am really busy right now, and the next three days are packed with meetings. But if you want to get together, I take lunch at the café in the bookstore at Northern Lights on Wednesday afternoons, usually around one o’ clock. Maybe I’ll see you there.

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“Hey Mason, I am here at the coffee shop, just calling to see if you will still be — oh wait, I think I see you…”

This is Ava Butler with PWN Media Group. Please leave a detailed message with your name and number and I’ll call you back.

“Ava, it was so great to see you yesterday. You look amazing, and I am glad your life has turned out so well. Best of luck at your interview today with True North Marketing. They would be crazy not to take you. Give me a call and let me know how it goes.”

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“Hi Mason, my interview went well. I was so nervous, but I feel good about it. They said they will think on it through the weekend and inform all applicants of their decision on Monday. My flight leaves in an hour and I really wish I had more time to spend here. But, if it all goes well, maybe I’ll see you again soon!”

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“I got the job! They want me to start on the first of the month. I am moving to Alaska at the end of the week!”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“Hi Ava, sorry it took me so long to call you back, the last two weeks at work have been crazy. Glad to hear you got the job, what a major score! But I knew you would get it. I wish I could have rolled out the welcome wagon for you when you arrived, but maybe you will forgive my absenteeism and go for a walk with me instead. I got a new puppy about six months ago and he eats my furniture if he doesn’t get enough exercise. I’ll be at University Lake at 5:30 PM. Hope to see you there.”

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“Hey Mason, great to see you last week. Thanks for inviting me on the walk. I’ve been spending so many hours in the office that I probably need the exercise as much as your four legged-friend. He’s so cute! Let me know when you plan to go again.”

“So, I know this is a long shot, but my company handles all the marketing for the statewide mixed martial arts group that puts on fights once a month and they gave me tickets for next week’s event. Do you want to go? Give me a call back and let me know.”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“Good morning, Ava! Thanks again for inviting me to last night’s fights. I have not been in a long time. I know you’re not into that stuff, but I hope you were able to enjoy yourself a little bit. I promise there is not always that much blood! Let me know if you are doing anything this weekend. It does not have to be big or fancy. But let’s hang out.”

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“Hi Mason, happy Monday, or maybe not. Our weekends have been so fun lately that I don’t want them to end. Speaking of which, how do you feel about taking a weekend trip? Too soon? I don’t want to rush anything or presume anything. Let me know what you think and have a great day.”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“I’m grinning like a fool right now. I’ve wanted to ask you the same, but I didn’t know how. I have a surprise I cannot wait to share with you. See you after work? University Lake at 5:30 PM.”

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“I cannot stop thinking about this weekend, Mason. It was the kind of experience I’ll remember for a lifetime. Thanks so much for taking us on that trip. Have a great day, and I’ll see you after work.”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“Hi baby, I hope your day is going alright. I just wanted to say that I’m sorry I’ve been working so much; this new project is kicking my butt. It should all be over soon and then we will have more time. I mad reservations for dinner at 7:00 PM at our favorite place and I cannot wait to see you there.”

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“You’re forty-five minutes late for dinner. I’m going to call it a night. Call me when you can.”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“Ava, I am so sorry, I am not even going to make any excuses. I know you are mad, but I hope you’ll forgive me. Let me know what I can do to make it up to you.”

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“Hi babe, I know we’ve been through a lot of rough patches lately, but I just wanted to say that I am really excited for our trip to Homer with my family this weekend. They cannot wait to explore Alaska, and spend more time with you, and I cannot wait, either. We will hit the road as soon as you get home.”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“Hi Ava, I hate to do this since I know you’re looking forward to it, but I cannot go on our trip to Homer this weekend. Something last minute came up on this project and I cannot leave town now. Please go, apologize to your parents on my behalf, and I’ll see you when you get home on Monday.

You’ve reached Mason Roberts with Alaska IT Solutions. Leave a message after the beep and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

“How many times are you going to let me down before you realize a person can only handle so much disappointment?”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

Hi babe, I hoped I’d hear from you last night, but I am sure you were tired after driving home. Did you have a good trip? I hope so. I am still so sorry I could not make it. Anyway, I’ll be at University Lake this afternoon to walk the dog at 5:30 PM. Cannot wait to see you there.

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“I missed you at the lake this evening, and I see the box of my things from your house that you left on my front porch. Can you give me a call, so we can talk? I’m sorry, Ava. Talk to you soon.”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. Please leave a message at the tone. If your business is urgent, call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“Hi Ava, this is Mason, its Friday and I still have not heard from you. Come on, baby, I said I was sorry, give me another chance to make it up to you. Let’s get together this weekend. Talk to you soon.”

This is Ava Butler, general manager for True North Marketing. I am out of the country on vacation with plans to return at the end of the month. For immediate assistance, please call our main office at 907–563–4772.

“Well, Ava, it has been more than a month and I still have not heard from you. This is a terrible, rambling, drunken, apologetic message, the kind that no woman deserves to get, but I cannot help myself tonight. You see, the thing is, I have everything, Ava. My life has come together exactly as I hoped it would, every professional risk and every bit of hard work has paid off. But, you know what? I am empty. It is worth nothing at all because I don’t have you, because I put all of it before you, and I am an idiot for that, and I am sorry.”

“I know you are on vacation right now, and I hope you are having a great time, and I am sure you’re with another guy who is treating you better than I did and that is what you deserve. Honestly, you deserve the world.”

“But if you don’t delete this message before hearing it, if you don’t choose to ignore it just because its from me, and if you are still listening right now, I want you to know that I love you. I should have told you before, but again, I’m an idiot, so I never did.”

“I love you, I’d give it all up just to see you again, and I hope that when you come home you’ll just give me a call.”

Thank you for calling Alaska’s Technical Strategies, the most innovative IT solutions company in the last frontier. Mason Roberts is unable to come to the phone right now, but if you leave your name and numbers he will get in touch with you as soon as he is able. Thank you and have a great day!

“Sounds like your business venture panned out. I heard that it did. Congratulations, I am happy for you. Got back from Peru yesterday, it was a beautiful trip, and the company was great. Look, I don’t know what you expect me to say at this point, but I am at the very least willing to hear you out. I’ll be in the bar at the big hotel downtown, the one where we used to sit and drink right after I moved here. I’ll get there around 6:30 PM and I’ll stay until 8:00 PM at the latest. Mason, if you don’t show up, this is your last shot and you’ll never see or hear from me again. I just thought you ought to know. Talk to you soon.”

This is Ava Butler with True North Marketing, an employee-owned media group. We are happy to help your business with all your marketing needs. Leave your name and number and we will get in touch with you as soon as we are able.

“Ava, you are an angel for meeting with me last night. Regardless of what you decide, thank you for giving me one last chance.”

Thank you for calling Alaska’s Technical Strategies, the most innovative IT solutions company in the last frontier. Mason Roberts is unable to come to the phone right now, but if you leave your name and numbers he will get in touch with you as soon as he is able. Thank you and have a great day!

“Hi Mason, I hope you are having a good week. Sorry it took me a few extra days to call you back. I wanted to take some time to think about what you said. I’m still mad at you, but I cannot imagine my life without you, either. I love you too, Mason, and I want to make this work. See you at University Lake at 5:30 PM? I cannot wait.”

This is Ava Butler with True North Marketing, an employee-owned media group. We are happy to help your business with all your marketing needs. Leave your name and number and we will get in touch with you as soon as we are able.

“Good morning Ms. Butler, I hope you slept well and that you didn’t have too much fun out with your girlies. Just so you know, the rule that brides and grooms cannot see one another the night before the wedding is nonsense. Afterall, we’ve been living together for a while now.

“Anyway, it is your last morning as a Butler, and the first day of the rest of our lives. Hard to believe one year ago I was being a bonehead and we might never have made it to the altar.”

“Thank you for your grace, your compassion, your kindness, your love, and your forgiveness, Ava. I know how lucky I am to be marrying you, and I cannot wait to become your husband this afternoon.”

Thank you for calling Alaska’s Technical Strategies, the most innovative IT solutions company in the last frontier. Mason Roberts is unable to come to the phone right now, but if you leave your name and numbers he will get in touch with you as soon as he is able. Thank you and have a great day!

“Just in case I mess it up later, or cry so hard I cannot say the words, let me put it on record right now that I am saying ‘I Do’ to a lifetime with you. I love you baby, I’m proud of us for making it here. See you at the altar, Mason, I’ll be the one in white.”

You’ve reached Ava and Mason Roberts! We are sorry we cannot come to the phone right now because we are on our HONEYMOON in Scotland! Thank you to all our friends and family who celebrated our wedding last week. We look forward to seeing you when we return home at the end of the month. Leave a message at the beep!

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