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Flash fiction: P. Anil Prasad

On that day she returned home from office earlier than usual, because she had to prepare for an online job interview,  which was scheduled for 9 pm. She was impatiently waiting for that day with overwhelming hope. Now she was at the threshold of her dream job. Moreover she was totally fed up with the current job and therefore wanted a change at the earliest.

Back at home she straight away went to her study room, neglecting the queries of her mother. She wanted to make the web camera field look as gentle as possible  for the online interviewers on the other end. She rearranged everything. No unnecessary thing should appear in the camera field. She also made some arrangements for proper lighting. Then she cleaned up the desktop of her personal computer and ensured only those files for presentation were remained there. Then she took a quick shower and dressed up for the interview.

At 8.30 pm everything was fine and she sat before her computer. She logged onto the conference link of the company. The agency’s system admin Joe was already online. They exchanged ‘hi’.

At 8.45 p.m the streaming seemed to have struck. She refreshed the browser and then it showed “No connectivity”. At this she restarted the network modem. Again it showed “No Internet connection”.

She rang up her Internet provider to hear the shocking excuse “we are facing some severe server issues. It will take at least two hours before you could connect to Internet”

She had a standby USB connection from another provider. But she gave it to her brother who was studying in another city. She called yet another provider and asked: “ is there any possibility for me to get a new connection in fifteen minutes?”

“Sorry ma'am, our business hour is over. Our business executive will contact you tomorrow morning.”

‘What shall I do now?’ she asked herself. ‘Shall I go to some Internet cafe? it is not a good place for such important online meetings....then shall I go to my office? use, it will take almost half an hour to reach there. Then what about going to some friends' home???...’

She copied all required files to a flash drive and rushed out.

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