Sanjay stepped out of his boss’s cabin and sighed. Thank God his story about the ‘scuffle’ he had in traffic today worked, else… There was no way on earth was he going to tell his boss about the morning show. He looked at his watch – 3.30 pm. That’s ok, he had enough time. He had this thing of convincing anybody with his stories. He beamed at himself.
He entered his cubicle when the board number rang. He pressed the speaker button.
“Sir, there’s a certain ..uh, SI, to see you.”
“SI, as in police?”
He took it off speaker and picked up the receiver.
Before she replied, he heard the SI taking the receiver from her hand coming online. “Mr. Sanjay, I’d like to see you.”
“You beat a man to near-death this morning at the Alankar circle.”
“What non-sense, I wasn’t even there…”
Wait a minute, Alankar circle. But that was impossible.
A couple of minutes later, Sanjay agreed to meet the cop and hung up. His head reeled.
The alankar circle story was a product of his imagination that he’d fibbed to his boss about….and now this cop shows up. He hadn’t even told it to anybody else. How on earth could this be happening?
He walked out of his cubicle in a daze. He got into the elevator and out of it, into the visitor’s lobby.
There was no one.
He walked upto the receptionist. She smiled at him warmly.
“Didn’t you just call me about some SI…?”
“No, sir..I didn’t call you.”
“Oh, come on - it was you. A few minutes ago. I know the board number. I know your voice..”
The receptionist just gave him a puzzled look and shook her head. “No, sir.”
Sanjay went and sat down on one of the couches.
What the hell was this?
Just then he received a text message.
“It could really happen. Tell your boss the truth. Now.”
It was from an unidentified number. In fact it didn’t look anything like a phone number. 773H? What kind of a number was that?
And then it struck him. Gobsmacked, he slowly turned the phone upside down, and looked at the number again.
A cold wave passed through him. He swallowed hard, got up and slowly walked back to his boss’s cabin.