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Another week day had started on the next page of life. Being the week day, there was nothing different about it. After snoozing alarm once, I had got up and waddled my way to kitchen. One after the other all the comrades of my family were on their way to routine.

I was in a hurry too. Along with a few of my friends, I was to watch the recently released movie, in theatre that morning. I had to take a quick shower and be out in fifteen minutes.

Going by my past experience, I made sure that the garbage bins were kept outside the house. It has been proved historically that the house keeping staff rings the door bell, for collecting the garbage, precisely at the moment when I am completely layered with foam in the bathroom. Poor me!

Giving the pat on my back, I rushed towards the bathroom.

As luck could have it, when I was about to turn the shower on and send the lather retreating leaving me dewy fresh, the phone (land line) bell rang. I decided to ignore it initially but then realized that I wouldn’t know who might have called as the caller id display screen was not functioning. Had no choice thus to step out dripping and answer the call.

Tip toeing out of the bathroom, I reached the receiver of the phone. Before I could greet the caller with customary and involuntary “Hello”, I heard the voice with American trawl.

“Hello!” said the voice on the phone. “My name is Elon… Elon Musk. I know you never expected a call from me, as famous as I am, but I’ve been given your name as someone who can help me with a task”

Not believing what I heard, I asked in my Marathi intoned English accent, with one eye on watch, “Who’s that? I don’t know any Elon.”

Sounding little offended the person on the other side replied, “Mam, this is Elon…Tesla fame Elon Musk. You must have seen me in the news bulletin or in print”

It was the “Mentos” moment for me. Realising my mistake, I answered apologetically, “Ohhhh…that Elon!”

“Yes, that Elon! Thank you for recollecting my name!”, he replied with a great relief.

“Hehehe… Actually, I was busy taking shower so couldn’t think properly. Happens. Isn’t it?”, I replied in the excitement, only to bite my tongue. ‘Shhh… you country bumpkin, you don’t have to tell him that you are wrapped in the towel and standing in the pool of the dripping water’, reprimanded the wiser me!

By the time the round of the reprimand was still airing, Elon had already spoken a line or two which I obviously had missed.

“Mr Elon, sorry to interrupt. Can I request you to speak at the speed which is little slower? I do watch Hollywood movies. But I prefer the subtitled ones. What you are saying right now doesn’t come with subtitle. So please”, I said cutting short his speech.

“Sure… Mam…Are…you…comfortable…with…this…speed…of…speech?” he checked by making sure that he took at least one long breath between every two words!

“Yes, yes, Fine. Go ahead. You said, you needed my help?”

“Actually, we are selecting most suitable people across the world to be sent to Mars. And we have chosen you as one of the right candidates for the mission to Mars”

“Mission to Mars and me?”, I asked and failed miserably to contain my excitement.

“You heard it right”

“But how did you happen to know me?”

“From your digital foot prints on various sites related to Space. We also have gathered information that you have a technical background and love to write Science Fiction”

“Oh, you learnt so much about me? My better half also doesn’t know most of it. Nor he takes efforts to find out just as you did”, I replied in awe of the background information collected without me ever getting a hint of it. I took a mental note of checking up the privacy settings of all my social media accounts.

“We wish to offer you a trip to Mars”, he continued

“Trip to Mars. OMG!”

“But no guarantee of returning back to Earth alive. I’m making it clear in the first call itself”

I was alarmed at the thought of zero guarantee.

“See Mr Elon, I am the only wife of my only husband and only mother of my only son and only daughter. How can you have no guarantee? Is that open for bargain? Oops…negotiations I mean”.

‘You are not at market bargaining with the vegetable vendor, you rube’, I had to reprimand myself again.

“Sorry to say but… No. But if you look at it, it’s a great opportunity. You will be able to pen the travelogue to Mars. IT will be great hit! In case you end up with any untoward end, you will go down in the annals of the history as the first brave heart. May be a street at your native would be named after you. May be…”, he continued, trying to woo me.

Lost in dreaming about each and every proposition, I titled my head and was looking up generally. My eyes fell on the smoothly circling second’s hand of the wall clock. As if waking up from the spell, I realised that something was seriously wrong…and that I was going to miss the trailers at the beginning of the movie!

“Wrong Number”, I said firmly after collecting my wits, and cutting the line.


This is my 5th post to celebrate Write Tribes annual Festival Of Words that encourages one and all to #WriteBravely
I have used the 5th Creative Prompt…“Hello,” said the voice on the phone. “My name is __________. I know you never expected a call from me, as famous as I am, but I’ve been given your name as someone who can help me _______.” (Write a story that follows this line.)
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45 Comments

Sunita Saldhana · June 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Good choice. I’d choose the movie over Mars anyday!

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Hahaha! Thanks for backing my choice Sunita.
    Thanks for visiting dear!

    Radhika Acharya · July 23, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Of course. There’s no popcorn on mars is there ?? 🙂

      Anagha Yatin · July 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Absolutely right Radhika…no pop corn news yet from Mars!Hahahaha…
      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

priyareflects · June 29, 2018 at 9:18 am

Hahaha! This was fun. I enjoyed it thoroughly. What fun! I chose the other prompt. After reading urs, feel like writing one. Inspired by you.

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 9:58 am

    And I would wait to read that Priya. Thanks for visiting.

Vinitha · June 29, 2018 at 9:44 am

Oohh, that was a tempting offer. But with no guarantee of return, how can you go! It’s good that you chose to go to the movie instead of Mars. Loved your take on the prompt, Anagha!

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Thanks Vinitha.

Akshata Ram · June 29, 2018 at 10:18 am

wow this was quite a call.. I loved the dialogue between Elon Musk and the sweet Maharshtrian lady.. only wife of her husband 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Thanks Akshata.

Amrita · June 29, 2018 at 10:55 am

One way ticket to Mars is not for me either.Interesting take on prompt.

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 11:12 am

    We definitely deserve a two way all expenses paid trip!
    Thanks Amrita.

Maya Bhat · June 29, 2018 at 11:12 am

Ha ha that was fun. Loved it. 😀 If you have waited a bit, then he would have given you family offer 😂

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Oh yes… it never occurred to me Maya. Just for the sake of not missing the movie trailers I lost the life time opportunity! Hehehe..
    Thanks Maya for visiting and adding to the story.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · June 29, 2018 at 11:47 am

Laughed all the way to the end, Anagha! You always write such funny stories! Also the realisation that you have uttered to a stranger that you were taking a shower is so relatable, I might have done that myself on many occasions 😉

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks Anshu!

Mayuri Nidigallu · June 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Another howlarious post from you, Anagha! I liked how you connected your space stories to Elon Musk. Very nice! Thanks for making us laugh with your amazing stories!

    Anagha Yatin · June 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks Mayuri

Shilpa Garg · June 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm

No guarantee of returning back to earth wouldnt appeal to me too, even if Elon Musk personally asked me. 😀
Enjoyed reading this story, Anagha!

    Anagha Yatin · June 30, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Shilpa for visiting. Happy that you liked it 🙂

Rashmi · June 30, 2018 at 11:43 pm

Hahaha! This was a lovely read. Some dialogue there (without subtitles) between Elon and the housewife!

Corinne Rodrigues · July 6, 2018 at 8:19 am

Wrong number, indeed. We need you here on Earth to make us smile, Anagha. Don’t you go traipsing off to Mars.

Rupali · July 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Fantastic.

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks Rupali.

magiceye · July 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

Hahaha… Could visualise the whole episode! A fun read!

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Glad you liked it! Thanks.

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · July 19, 2018 at 11:16 pm

interesting story telling

    Anagha Yatin · July 20, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Thank you.

Sachin Baikar · July 20, 2018 at 11:21 am

This was hilarious one 👍 Anagha. Again a nice
creative story from you. Enjoyed reading it.
Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you Sachin.

foodopium · July 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm

It was beautiful, followed all the way through..thanks for the hearty laugh sure will not miss your upcoming posts..:-)

    Anagha Yatin · July 20, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I am more than happy to welcome you at my blog. Thank you so much.

aditi · July 20, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Hahaha loved reading this post. That moment must be around the corner… you never know! 😂

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · July 21, 2018 at 9:52 am

Amazing presentation, from subtitle issue to bargaining…all are so common and reflects your capability to enrich your writing to be more closer to the readers.
The finishing is unexpected…nice twist.

jewelsofsayuri · July 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

Interesting offer from Elon musk I must say. I was waiting for a twist but didnt think that it would this way

    Anagha Yatin · July 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for visiting and commenting

subhankar704674583 · July 23, 2018 at 10:36 am

beautifully written

    Anagha Yatin · July 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks

Nima Das · July 23, 2018 at 5:05 pm

Phone call from Elon Musk!! and what an offer! Anyway hope the movie was worth it!

Radhika Acharya · July 23, 2018 at 6:16 pm

Loved this piece Anagha!! 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks dear.

Dipali Bhasin · July 23, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Haha! Loved the story. It kept me entertained till the end. Short, sweet and humorous.

    Anagha Yatin · July 24, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks Dipali for visiting and commenting.

abhibishnu · July 28, 2018 at 10:18 pm

Really funny story, madam. Vivid imagination 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 29, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Thanks Abhimanshu. I am glad you liked it

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