Star 69

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Back in the 1980’s there was a phone prank that my sisters and I used to do when we were kids. It was known around the neighborhood that if you were to dial your own phone number, replace the first three digits with “555”, and then press the receiver down 3 times, the phone would ring back on its own. It had to be on a touch tone which were common back then.

We did the prank whenever we were bored, waiting to see our mother or father reach for the phone only to hear nobody on the other end. This sent us into huge laughs until one afternoon our mother yelled at us to stop messing with the phone. I remember this vividly because after she answered the phone I saw her face drain of color as she looked over at my sister and me. Her reaction upon slamming the phone down scared us and we promised never to play with the phone again. We must have done the “prank” a dozen times up to that point.

The last time I attempted the phone prank was at a friend’s house across the street during a sleepover. I picked up his phone and dialed 555-4127. I clicked the receiver down three times before I realized I just put my phone number after 555, and not my friend’s.

Before I have a chance to do it over again, the phone rings and I pick it up for my friend thinking it was a legit phone call.

He answers, “Hello?”

I can hear someone screaming back, “What did I tell you?! YOU’RE FUCKING DEA-!!”

My friend started crying and was so terrified and confused that his mother sent us all home. The thought of the phone as a dangerous thing suddenly became real.

Later on that night while I’m looking at my friend through the window, I see a man come up behind him. The light shuts off. It may have been his father, I wasn’t sure.

The next morning I called across the street and got a busy signal. I walked over and knocked, nobody came to the door. All of the cars were in the driveway though… he should still be home.

I walked around to the back of the house to see the back door wide open. I can see that they are in the living room watching tv. I enter the house. A voice is heard softly in the background, “If you’d like to make a call please hang up and dial again…” When I made my way to the living room I saw my friend and his parents all sitting on the couch staring through me with horrible purple expressions on their faces, phone cords wrapped tightly around all of their necks.

They tore the house down, nobody would move in there…

I asked my mother years later, looking at the empty lot across the street, about the phone call that made her yell at us that one day and she told me all she could hear was a man screaming in a very deep voice something about tracing the call next time someone called this number. It sounded like a recording with all of the static, but she wasn’t sure.

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  • Commented on November 1, 2015 at 12:51 am

    I think I’ve seen this one here before, but it’s quite good and hopefully not real.

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  • EmilyJo
    Commented on November 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Amazing it’s definitely a delicious pasta

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  • Commented on November 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    i remember reviewing this pasta. this is one of the better ones in my opinion. keep up the good work.

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  • Commented on November 2, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Wow that was REALLY SCARY :3 i loved it! Especially when they got cords around there neck. Wow!

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  • Commented on November 3, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    i think its called star 69 cause you put that in front of the number you call so they don’t see your caller ID. Instead they see *69 as the caller. great pasta by the way.

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  • Commented on November 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I like how the title foreshadows the ending and you don’t relise it till the end

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  • Commented on November 3, 2015 at 12:12 am

    good pasta but i don’t get why the title is called star 69, did you run out of ideas for a name or just pick a random

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  • Commented on November 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Good pasta, well written.
    For those who don’t understand the title; it says in the story that if people keep calling the guys phone again he would trace it.
    If someone calls you, and you dial *69 it gives you the phone number for whoever just called.

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  • Commented on November 4, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I love it

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  • Commented on November 5, 2015 at 1:29 am

    ….What? I don’t get it

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  • Doge
    Commented on November 5, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Love the title: Star 69.

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  • Commented on November 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Oh my god, that was amazing! I love these kinds of Pasta’s they’re always great!

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  • Commented on November 11, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I love the thought of what the person on the other end was doing all this time. A good pasta overall.

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  • Commented on May 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    this is quite a story very normal though it doesn’t really scare but still good

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  • Commented on October 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Oh, god. Please don’t let this pasta be true. It was terrifying and I loved it.

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  • Commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Great pasta. Very well written keep it up.

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  • Commented on March 9, 2016 at 5:43 am

    It’s a really good pasta I personally really liked it and hopefully it’s not real

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  • Commented on March 9, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Short and creepy. The best kind of pasta.

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  • Commented on May 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    IT WAS SCOTT!

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  • GFY
    Commented on November 29, 2016 at 5:11 am

    *69 was the old caller id if someone called you you called *69 and it told you the last number to call your phone what I don’t get is he was prank calling his own number and even pranked called his own number from his friends so then who the fuck killed his friend and his family was it his own dad then seeing as how he called his home number from his friends line that in my eyes leaves a huge plot hole and sorry it makes this story horrible

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  • Commented on December 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I tried it.It didn’t work.

    I heard a crash from the backdoor.After reading this,I’m so thankfull that my phone is wireless.And that the New Heavdn shotgyn beside me is loaded.

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