Running down the moving escalator sure does make me look busy, but what if you have mistakenly landed on an opposite running escalator!
I am running in my heels and can feel my mind tormenting me with thousands of instructions with some swear words here and there. I could feel I am going to be a meme soon if this doesn’t stop right here….. but suddenly then a Samaritan comes to my rescue. Now here your mind is tricking you, not filmy ‘Damsel saved by a God akin!’ No!…. a good fellow helping me from being paranoid and stopping me -fluttering like a fish.
I stood still… the stairs took me up and then he took me to the right escalator. Now this was the time and day I heard myself walk. Tick Tuck Tick Tuck, my sandals talked,everything moved in slow motion but the moment I reach down, time started ticking again and I recovered from my small drama. The clock struck 10 and I am late.
Office- Inside my corner, while everyone looked busy, I settled. I, hardly mattered to anyone… not that I cared but seriously! being invisible was a bit harsher than being late or noticed.
The peon entered with new files and stocked it up on the other pending files. Gave me a look down, questioning my everything and went away. It injured my might but consoled myself by returning his look to him. He went and came back again ‘Sir is calling…’ he grinned then returned. Calming myself, got up and went to the Manager’s cabin.
The Manager was not alone, he, a good old man in his late 50’s was accompanied by two stern Policemen and a lady officer. Why a lady officer? I questioned myself, sincerely checked all my cards, files and duties mentally and said,”Hello..?”
Manager- “Dear… what happened?”
Police- Lady, you have to accompany us to the station.” shocked.. I rambled for words and spat “I am not at fault!”
All gave me a look and I knew I just said something wrong. We came out of the cabin and now everyone noticed. Their curious gaze struck while I called my friend to come with me. She signed in denial but I did not buy it and took her with me.
We both are in the police station in a room quite different from the movies(there were no see through mirrors nor handsome heroes behind them) and a man entered with a lady officer again. I wondered, am I that dangerous that they need a support and giggled, Dina(my friend) told me to shut up and we listened.
Police-“Do you know him?”
They showed a TV with my escalator episode, all looked and my friend controlled her laugh.
“This guy holding you and escorting you back?”
Me-“No… I mean Yes, I don’t know…”
“What…. look carefully, this is you and who is he?”
Me-“Yes it’s me but why do you have this video please delete it”
Police2 to Police1- “Is she acting smooth like a prolific criminal or is she just dumb!”
Dina-“Did he just say smooth!”
Dina(to me)- If this has anything to do with my Jackson killing, then you should be hanged for even touching that guy!
Me- What! Oh I am sorry Sir I didn’t do it! He.. just helped me, a nice gentleman…
Friend(murmured)- Are you insane!!
Police2(on phone)-Ok Sir… yes…. this is the first time we are getting a lead on that Gangster!
We(alternately)- Gangsta!!! What!!! It was just an accident! No just a coincidence! I am sorry Sir!!!
Keep this two under observance till we get the next lead.
Me-“What! …. No… how could he possibly be a bad man!”
All scratched me deep with their eyes.
My friend- “It’s all your doing you idiot!.. I should have listened to my mother…..”