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The Coin Toss

Aniruddh looked at his watch as he stood at the edge of the cliff. The setting sun was beautiful but his mind was processing something totally different. Time was something he was short of and the cliff offered the other way out of his maze of problems. All he had to do was jump.

He was not scared of jumping nor was he scared of death but he detested a painful death and he was an optimist who believed that life is to be lived. But his problems and life had dealt him a hard hand and he was running out of patience and options.

The setting sun and the following darkness was mirror image of his present life condition. His business had failed taking all he had with it; his money and savings, his home and even his marriage.

He looked up to take in the disappearing sun and decided that he will decide what to do by tossing a coin. Heads, he would go back and fight to the top and tails he would drive his car off the cliff. He tossed the coin high up in the air for a few extra seconds to think. At that precise moment he saw a man using crutches to get to get closer to the edge of the cliff.

A few nanoseconds were all it took Aniruddh to make up his mind and he walked away without looking back at the coin he had flipped into the air. As he got back into the car the man on the crutches waved to him and Aniruddh waved back and drove away.

The man on the crutches neared the edge and admired the setting sun and tried to catch his breath. He saw the coin on the ground and exclaimed, “Tails! Would have picked it up if it was heads.”

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  1. July 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Very nice; I especially love the last line.

  2. July 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

    good one..

  3. July 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Wow. You left me thinking for a good while after the end. Very nicely done.

  4. July 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm


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