Pirates of Bollywood – Copyrights, Legal Thriller (Novel), Secrecy, Guilt, Sin – Episode 21
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Authored by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala
“Is that all?” Helen asked.
“Yes Madam, that is all I know,” Lamba replied, upset with her question. He told her everything there was, barring the part about bribing the enforcement agencies. Though he trusted Helen, Lamba felt pangs of guilt for opening up Project Pi to a third party. He had breached his oath of secrecy with Shan, and he was not very proud of himself for doing so.
“Mr. Lamba, did you receive any threatening calls after Viren’s murder,” Helen asked, interrupting his train of thought.
“No,” Lamba said, looking at his phone, when, all of a sudden, it started ringing. “Private Number. It must be him,” his voice trailed away, and he began trembling.
“It’s alright Mr. Lamba. Answer the call on speaker. I would like to listen.” Helen moved to a seat closer to Lamba, and strategically placed her phone to get as clear a recording as possible. Though it was a long shot, she planned to run the recording on the voice recognition software, the Mumbai Police recently acquired, for a possible match.
“Lamba, I saw you at Viren’s office. Did you get a good look at your friend?” the mechanized voice asked ominously. Pausing for a few seconds for a response and getting none, the voice continued. “Now that you can foresee your fate, I believe you will drop rather than die. Just in case, you have not made up your mind, I will make it easy for you. For a slimy person like you, I assure you that your end won’t be as painless as Viren’s.”
“Who are you,” Lamba managed, wiping the beads of sweat from his forehead.
“Your worst nightmare.”
Switching to an amicable tone abruptly, the caller said, “I can, however, be your best friend, always ready to help, provided, of course, you switch sides. What are friends for?”
“You …,” Lamba could only manage a meaningless mumble.
“I hope you value your life as much as I do,” the caller said, before the line went dead.
Visibly shaken, Lamba sat still. Helen empathized with him, though she could not think of anything sensible to say. She had never been comfortable with emotional situations, and resented false hopes. Whenever she was in such a situation, Helen would rather take flight than fight. And that is exactly what she did now and managed to skip Lamba’s emotional breakdown in a whisker.
“Thanks for your help, Mr. Lamba. I will contact you if I need further information. Take care,” Helen had said, but Lamba did not hear a word. He sat sobbing, his body shaking uncontrollably, his mind filled with fear, fear of losing everything he dreamt of; the fear one feels when one’s life is about to be snatched away.
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