Toll free

By Nikesh Murali All Rights Reserved ©

Mystery / Thriller

Toll Free


“Two minutes to termination,” the robotic voice said.

“You mean I am going to die in two minutes?”

“Yes,” it replied dispassionately.

The brown envelope said ‘opportunity of a life time inside’ in brightly coloured bold letters.

Jolly’s mother used to say, “You have to be in it, to win it and persistence pays.”

Jolly had a fat file of letters marked ‘Confidential – For your eyes only’ which promised millions of dollars if she emailed them the secret number enclosed within.

Although she hadn’t won anything so far, she was hoping this would be her golden ticket.

Instead, she found a toll free number. She rang it and a recorded voice requested harmless details like her name, the city she lived in and the postcode. But she knew something was wrong as soon as it said, “Triangulating position. Hit job activated.”

“What?”

“Press one for strangulation, Press two for a bullet, three for a knife or stay on line if you want us to choose an option for you.”

“One minute to termination,” the recorded voice said.

“This is some sort of sick joke, isn’t it?”

Knock on the door.

“Thanks for calling killermatchmaking.com. You may hang up now.”

Knock. Knock. Knock.

“Who is it?” she dialled 000 on her mobile.

Knock. Knock.

“It’s me honey, open up.”

She breathed a sigh of relief. It was her boyfriend.

She opened the door to his warm smile and gave him a hug. He kissed her forehead.

She noticed he was wearing gloves. He never wore gloves.

Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Nancy Ryder: The story flows beautifully and is well written. I love it lots.

Swarna S: It was nice till now i am quite enjoying it....more to reaf

Carmen Villanueva: Could not stop reading. Loved this book so much

Andrea Nur Aisyah: I just genuinely love the book

Noreiga Natalia: Good read!!Def liking the plot and Haden will surely surprise all.

vicky19valadez: I really enjoyed reading this book, the only thing I’m disappointed in is that I feel like it abruptly ended. Like I did not get closure on Julia’s & Red’s story but it is what it is. It was a great read ! Awesome job

Goldina1: I like your story very much. Even if it has some grammar and vocabulary errors. I can see them and I’m not speaking english that well. So may be you could rewrite it. But I really like it and I’m enjoying reading it very much. It’s funny and it has some mystery too. Good luck for your future :)

Chich: Interesting plot ...like it so far

More Recommendations

Luretha Fairley: Love this story, waiting for the fireworks

Anonymous_Writer: I LOVE ITI really love this book and this is one of the very few detective stories I loveIm just starting to read HOPE and as I can see it is focused on Mystery than Romance but IF EVER you make another book I hope it will focus more on Lukas and Bo's lovestory💕

JJwolf26: Amazingly executed, I understood what was going through her mind at all times and it was well played out

Mingra Magoti: So they had twins and both of them were boys which twin would’ve got the ring 😅

Mother of the Eternal Fire: Loved bit, best story I've read in a long time. Believe me, I read both physical books and digital books on a daily basis. 10/10

Tanisha Lane: If anyone is being abused physically or sexually please please tell someone, write in a journal record everything and get help.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.