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Appraisal letter - fiction story

Postby shaziya » 28 Jul 2006, 22:53

I recieved this forward ... Nice isnt it ... The brain is a VERY fantastic thing!!

Appraisal Letter

There was a contest in to write a fictional story for 500 words max which
wud start with the line "On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay
huddled on the railway tracks leading to the Delhi station"

This is the award winning story !!!!!

On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay huddled on the railway tracks
leading to the Delhi station. At once I was held back to see someone in
that position during midnight with no one around. With curiosity taking the
front seat, I went near the body and tried to investigate it. There was
blood all over the body which was lying face down. It seemed that a
ruthless blow by the last train could have caused the end of this body
which seemed to be that of a guy of around my age. Amidst the gory blood
flow, I could see a folded white envelope which was fluttering in the
midnight wind. Carefully I took the blood stained envelope and was
surprised to see the phrase "appraisal letter" on it. With curiosity rising
every moment, I wasted no time in opening the envelope to see if I can find
some details about the dead guy. The tag around the body's neck and the
jazzy appraisal cover gave me the hint that he might be a software
engineer. I opened the envelope to find a shining paper on which the
appraisal details where typed in flying colours. Thunders broke into my
ears and lightening struck my heart when I saw the appraisal amount of the
dead guy!!!!! My God, it was not even, as much as the cost of the letter on
which the appraisal details were printed.... My heart poured out for the
guy and huge calls were heard inside my mind saying "no wonder, this guy
died such a miserable death"... As a fellow worker in the same industry ,
I thought I should mourn for him for the sake of respect and stood there
with a heavy heart thinking of the shock that he would have experienced
when his manager had placed the appraisal letter in his hand. I am sure
his heart would have stopped and eyes would have gone blank for few seconds
looking at the near to nothing increment in his salary.
While I mourned for him, for a second my hands froze to see the employee's
name in the appraisal letter... hey, what a strange co-incidence, this
guy's name is same as mine, including the initials. This was interesting.
With some mental strength, I turned the body upside down and found myself
fainted for a second. The guy not only had my name, but also looked exactly
like me. Same looks, same built, same name.... it was me who was dead
there!!!!!!!! While I was lost in that shock, I felt someone patting on my
shoulders. My heart stopped completely, I could not breathe and sprung in
fear to see who was behind......... splash!!! Went the glass of water on my
desktop screen as I came out of my wild dream to see my manager standing
behind my chair patting on my shoulder saying, "wake up man. Come to
meeting in room number two. I have your appraisal letter ready"

Life is short ... take each bit with a SMILE!!

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