“Reaching for the phone, he knew”. This six word short story by Jeremiah Penn was the story I picked for my short story. I chose this because I wanted to do a deep, dark, and emotional story because in my opinion, they make for a better read. I personally enjoy reading stories that aren’t always happy. This short story made a perfect fit my what i wanted to write about and it influenced the actual topic of my story. The basic idea of my short story is pretty simple. There is a husband and a wife and the wife is battling cancer. The wife is in another state far off while the husband stays in New York where they live. The husband isn’t expecting anything to happen to his wife anytime soon which is why he isn’t staying with her. Unexpectedly, he receives a call saying his wife is going in and out of consciousness and she may not make it much longer. The husband becomes very upset and depressed and is kind of dazed due to the news. After a while of trying to make calls of figure out if she is okay, his phone rings. At this moment in the story is where I use Jeremiah’s short story and write “Reaching for the phone, he knew”. The call is from the hospital and they are calling to confirm his wife’s death. The husband loses himself and begins wandering around New York blindly and he wanders onto a bridge and “falls off” without thought. Once I read the short story by Jeremiah, this idea for the story was the first thing to come into my head and I liked the idea of it. My concept of the story and the characters did change a little bit from when I first thought of the story to now. Before, I had a specific idea of the story in my head but it was very generic and simple. After doing character and setting development, I got a better understand of the characters themselves and how they would act in the specific situation they are in, which makes the story deeper and more relatable to the reader.