Aug 24, 2013

Emergency Call

and my heartbeats started to pump up out of the rhythmic 72 per minute...[FICTION]

 Flushhhh!!!!!!”, down goes the flush of the toilet as I got relieved of my waste. “Hooooohh!”, I exhaled a sigh of relief and took a deep breath before the mirror in the rest room of my office. Watching myself relaxed into the mirror, I smiled at my reflection and came out merrily, whistling and humming random songs with myself, “laa la la laaa”. 

Quite casually I stepped out of the rest room and started moving towards my desk that a loud bam of emergency announcements thudded my ears with thumping sounds of “Fire Fire!!!…Pomp Pomp!!!”. The same iterated for few more times turning me nervous. “Wallah! What is going on?” I questioned to my astounded self. Few more minutes passed and some earsplitting noise from sirens resonated to add to my annoyance and more to my surprise.

It sounded as an emergency call and I turned too scary looking around chaotically to see how the people react. Period! Couldn’t see anyone around, now my fear started getting aggravated and my heartbeats started to pump up out of the rhythmic 72 per minute. The worry on my face was visible from the rush of sweat running down my face in response to the hormones that instinct fear.

Running for my life, I rushed to the lift that was shutdown in emergency. This added more to my uneasiness. In no time, I ran towards the stairs and moved down hurriedly panting like anything. I was out of breath, running for my life that seemed running away from me fearing some mysterious danger. I was feeling as if I am the Will Smith from I am legend looking for a trace of life in an alienated and outlandish world.

While descending the stairs, I was struggling at every step to see the open air and a safer zone.  Finally after stumbling and tumbling, I landed on the ground floor throbbing and panting for air. All drenched in sweat, I took a pause and leaned forward, with my hands touching my knees and my head hanging down to ground, to catch hold of my losing breath. Ho!! I lifted myself up and as I looked around, I was dumbfounded. 

My,Oh,my, I could not believe what the reality presented to me and my eyes protested back in surprise. I rubbed my eyes in an attempt to see the reality more.  Again, I was spellbound. My mouth was wide open, short of words, with the wide-eyed me, watching people relaxed, chatting, gabbing and laughing. “Oh My God!!” I uttered to my break my surprise. It was an enumerate crowd of people, all relaxed and all busy with their respective circles, rejoicing their complimentary time thanks to a mock drill that was going on. “A damn mock drill”, I ridiculously murmured to myself before I rested my broken self on the parapet.

Finally, I took a deep breath to comfort my puffed breathing. I smiled and I laughed… Ha-ha! Soon my cardiograph jotted down to normal 72 per minute and I smiled at the people around. I looked up into the air and smiled again for the reason unknown.         

Well, as of now when everything seems safe and sound, I feel next time even if the real calamity bells the emergency whistles, I would rather be catching Z’s on my desk and dreaming for a good life than chasing for a mock.

P.S. Mock drills are important exercises awakening people about the various security measures to be followed for safety. But the more important thing is that the mock drills should really serve its purpose at the time of a real calamity. Because everyone knows the story of the boy who cried wolf :D