Crossed Lines

Modern day version of crossed lines

Do you remember when people used telephones that connected to a wall? Well I do. Sometimes you’d be talking to your friend when all of a sudden a third random voice would also be talking because the lines got crossed! That problem seemed to be a thing of the past, or so I thought.

The other night I was trying to FaceTime my friend Kirk. We went to school together in Barbados and he now lives in Canada. I FaceTimed him and he picked up only to tell me he was at the airport but he would call me back in a second. Ok, no problem, I was just hanging out at home anyway. So I hung up and literally one second later my phone rang with a FaceTime from Kirk.

“Wow, he really did mean a second!” I thought to myself.

I clicked accept. To my surprise it was not the tall, white, 26 year old guy that I was expecting to see on the other line… it was the complete opposite. A young, African-American girl stared back at me.

My first thought was that Kirk was messing with me and this was one of his friends’ sisters or something but she looked just as confused as I did.

Crossed Lines: a modern story of a phone mix up

“Uhhh what is happening?” I asked, “Do you know Kirk?”

“Kirk? No…?” She replied.

“Is this some kind of joke? What is happening? I’m so confused,” I laughed.

I heard a voice in the background, “Ask her where she is, what’s her name?”

“Where are you?” She asked me.

“I’m in Virginia, where are you?” I asked as her eyes seemed to get even wider with surprise.

“I’m in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada”

Ok, this is where I started to think… could she somehow have gotten Kirk’s old phone number? But even if she did, how did she call me?!

“I’m so confused, I don’t know how this is happening. How did you call me?” I asked.

“I didn’t call you, you called me,” she said.

“What? I didn’t call you… who are you? What’s your name? How old are you?” I had so many questions.

“My name is Tyanna and I’m 13 years old,” she answered matter of factly.

“My name is Brie and I’m 25 years old,” I replied.

After a little more confused back and forth I decided it was time to end this call.

“Well, it was nice to meet you but I’m going to go now,” I said.

“Nice to meet you too, bye,” Tyanna replied.

We hung up.
That wasn’t the end though.

A few minutes later I got a text:

Crossed Lines: a modern day story

Now she wants to be “online friends” and continues to text me. Maybe the universe brought her to me because I’m supposed to help her in some way, who knows. I did fix the phone numbers in my phone because Kirk confirmed that she has his old number, so the mix up shouldn’t happen again. I am still confused on how I somehow called BOTH of them, but I supposed that will be an unsolved mystery.

This is just another example of how unbelievably weird my life is. Something like this WOULD happen to me. Welcome to my life Tyanna, I hope you enjoy the insanity.



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  1. You seriously have the craziest encounters! This has been happening to me, in a different way! People always call me and say I just called them, but I know I didn’t. So weird!!

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