The Presentation

12 December 2018 618 Views
Man creating a presentation Man creating a presentation

There are some simple rules in life that you should never forget. For instance: Wash your hands before you eat. Don’t cross the street when you shouldn’t. And look where you walk.

But Paul was too deep in his thoughts to follow that last maxim. He even decided, mid-walk, to pull his laptop out of his backpack in order to test some new idea. But no testing would take place that day. Because something happened that often happens when a person forgets the simple rules.

Paul tripped and fell. The asphalt was not harmed, but Paul's ambition was. And unfortunately, so was his laptop; it had broken in two. You don’t have to be a computer repairman to know that broken-in-two laptops are pretty darn broken.

Paul got up, brushed off his pants, and stood in the middle of the sidewalk, holding in his hands the two parts of what had until recently been his beloved laptop. People walked by, some bumped into him, others even yelled at him for blocking the way, but Paul could neither feel nor see nor hear. Until a policeman said something, that is.

"Sir, is there a problem?"

"Huh? Oh. I'm fine," Paul said, although he was not at all fine. He was in shock. One moment, he was going through life, happy as a turtle, with a wonderful future that he had been working toward for six months, and the next moment, it was all gone. What could he do?

He walked forward, pressing the laptop’s severed carcass to his chest, and then he suddenly turned down a side street. He pulled out his phone, although he had no idea who to call. He clicked the Call button and saw that the last person he’d talked to was Bruce. He decided immediately. He pressed the call button.

"What else do you want?" Bruce asked in a very displeased tone. "We’ve already gone over everything."

"Listen, I need your help! Can you help me?"

"Don’t yell! I can hear. Jeez. Well, what's the problem now?"

Bruce's calm, almost indifferent voice could sober up anyone. But not Paul and not today.

"Could you lend me your laptop for a few days?"

"What? Why?"

"Look, tomorrow I’ve got a presentation for investors and my laptop is broken. It's a nightmare!"

"Do you still have the presentation itself?"

"Of course. I always make a copy on a flash drive."

"Well, buy a new laptop then. What's the problem?"

"I don’t have the money to just go out and buy a brand new computer. And I need one tomorrow and if I don’t have one, I’m toast. All that time, all that work...”

"Shut up and listen," Bruce ordered. "What are your coordinates, soldier?"

Paul told him.

“There’s a music store not far from you, just two clicks north. There’s an employee there, goes by the name of Dirk. Tell him I sent you. He’ll explain everything. Do I make myself clear, Private?!”

“Sir, yes, sir!” Paul yelled, hung up, and ran in the right direction.

Dirk really did explain everything and then he allowed Paul to use his computer. Paul went to https://ezrapidloan.com/ completed the application form, and got the money. Then he bought a laptop.

The next day, Paul gave a presentation to his investors and everything went gravy.

Afterwards, he joyfully glided out of the building and ran through the streets as if he were in a dream or a mid 50’s Technicolor musical. But then he suddenly stopped, remembering something. Maybe it was one of those simple rules that everyone should follow. He stood up straight, and barely restraining himself, he walked slowly, paying close attention to the world around him.

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