|The phone rang. David gave a grunt of displeasure. He hated anything which interrupted his flow of thought.
He tried to ignore it’s insistent ringing. It stopped. David breathed a sigh of relief, raised his eyes to the ceiling and returned to searching for THAT word, the perfect word he was seeking.
The phone rang again. It must be urgent, he thought and left off finishing the final edit to retrieve the mobile from the sideboard.
“Hello!” he barked
There were sounds from a call centre somewhere, the Philippines or more likely, India.
“Good morning, Sir. I’m calling about your internet connection. It seems you have a problem?”
“There’s nothing wrong with my internet,” David shouted down the phone, “Will you people just stop scamming.”
“I’m sorry sir,” the subcontinental voice continued, “can you please check your computer to ensure there are no problems?”
David automatically glanced over at his computer, where only minutes ago he’d been so nearly completing the final edit on his latest novel. The screen was black.
Still holding his cell phone, he walked the few steps back to his desk and clicked a computer key expecting the page to open where he’d left off. Nothing.
“Are you still there, Sir?”
“Did you do something to my computer?”
“How could I have done such a thing, Sir?” the caller sounded affronted.
“Well, my whole year’s work was open when I answered the phone,” David began to panic.
“Would you like me to take a look sir? “
“No, I’m hanging up.”
David ended the call and sat down at his desk. He typed the name of his latest work in progress into his computer.
FILE DOES NOT EXIST
An hour later David’s wife entered the room to find him sobbing. “I can’t find it!”
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