THE PHONE CALL

It was terrifying! My mobile was ringing non-stop . It was about 12.30 in the night. The screen was blank! No number, no image or photo, just the ringing sound. Then before I could collect my wits and reject the call, I heard his voice. A jovial voice which under normal circumstances I would always enjoy hearing...That of my beloved elder brother. He always liked to joke and tease me, his kid sister. But now I was just terrified. It was an eerie, out of the world voice. " Hullo Valsala, this is Venkat. I just wanted you to know from me first. I am dead. I love you sis." The phone went dead after that. I was wide eyed with horror and deep sadness after that. I couldn't believe that even he, my jolly good brother would play such a terrible prank on me! Yet, how could a dead man talk? The blank screen and his talking without my accepting the call was very scary to think about. About an hour passed like that in sheer hell with me agonizing whether to call my brother on his regular number or not. Just as I considered calling him on his mobile, the phone rang again, this time from Venkat's wife, my sister in law. She was sobbing. ***

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