His hands sweated as he delicately wound one strand of wire on the screw. If the strands were more than needed, it wouldn’t serve the purpose and if they were less, it could just blow off. The strand broke and he cursed and reached out for the next one.
The cheap old watch on his hand ticked on. Time was running out.
10 minutes! They had told him
He nervously looked at the watch again, 7 Minutes already gone
He was almost there and so he thought
The last one! He could still make it. Everything depended on him and his expertise. The man behind him was equally nervous
He delicately but quickly wound the strands to the screw. He was ready and now the moments of truth when he would fix it. another precious moment gone.
He got up and said a small prayer to himself and inserted the fuse inside the socket. The lights came on immediately
“Ho gaya sahab” (its finished) he had a victorious smile on his face
“Kitna derr? Ek fuse lagane ko kitna time lagta hai” (How much time did you take? How much time does it take to put a fuse) The man handed Rs. 200 to him
He did not speak English and did not understand when the man cursed him in English. He walked out of the auditorium smiling while someone made a grand announcement on the stage;
“Ladies and Gentleman! Welcome to the Conference on Revolution in Electrical Equipments”
Note: Attempt to write a real short story