Deepest fear, and it's a frequent one, is losing someone close to me. I think it all stems from when my father died when I was 14 - we first heard about it over the phone. I was at home with my sister (Mum was away with her lover) and the phone rang. I remember it was dark so it must have been early evening. My sister said, 'If it's Dad, don't tell him I'm here.' But it wasn't Dad. It was his lady friend to tell us the news that she'd found him. I had answered the phone to her but she wouldn't tell me why she was ringing - she just asked if Mum was there but as she wasn't she asked to speak to my sister, who then became hysterical. I imagined the worst, which was of course confirmed.
Now the phone ringing sometimes brings on that heavy-hearted feeling, almost like it's ringing with urgency to bring bad news. It's worse if it's at a strange time, like late in the evening or very early. I have to tell myself it's irrational and not to be such a pessimist.