Midnight Virus

Jaibala/ August 13, 2014/ Short Stories/ 20 comments

As the clock hands moved slowly towards midnight, Sahil was getting anxious. No, he was not worried that his plan would fail, he was confident that by midnight he would have killed all the competition, just like a farmer would eradicate his pests.


Taking this decision was not easy, but then he had come a long way from being the squeamish person that he used to be. He was no longer the scrupulous person who did things by the book. Yes, the years in the corporate environment had changed him. He knew it was a dog eat dog world, and he had to be on the top of the food chain to survive. Once he understood that rule, he had done everything he could to survive.


“Was just survival enough though,” that thought led insecurities, which magnified the desire to have ultimate power.

No, he had no responsibilities or family to speak of, so now was the time to take risks. A gamble that would catapult him into the league of the powerful business men, a plunge so deep into that world, that he would be a permanent fixture in the social circles.


He looked at the watch, fifteen minutes more and his plan would materialise. Sahil marvelled at his duplicity, craftiness and guile. He had gone to both his competitors and said he would sell them company secrets.  “That was the bait, and they fell for it hook, line and sinker,” Sahil thought.

His mercenary idea had worked, and in the name of company secrets he had managed to give them a virus infected pen drive. At midnight the virus would infect all their systems, at midnight they would lose all their data, and he would gain all of it.


At midnight, he would know all there was to know about his world.  In an era where data is king, he would be emperor. At midnight there would be no one to stop him from taking his place on the circle of powerful businessmen.

(Credit for the image used as the feature image : ideas go/freedigitalphotos.net)


About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. Ooohh… nice build up. I wonder what happened next though. Did Sahil manage to succeed in his plans?

    1. Thanks. Next I guess he succeeded 🙂

  2. that story is the scan of human mind in today’s corporate

    Maps Of Peace

    1. Thank You Cifar, yes that was my attempt

  3. Chilling! But then that’s how stuff is in reality now, to be honest. There’s a big difference between what we THINK is important and what is ACTUALLY important and that makes a whole lot of difference to how a person thinks of behaves.

    1. Yes NJ couldn’t have put it better myself. 🙂

  4. It is happening all around us now. One day we will realize we are but fodder for their greed. Would be good to see his tale continued.

    1. Well did not think of continuing it but will consider it now for sure. Thank you 🙂

  5. Interesting! The farmer metaphor threw me off of him being a businessman until the very end.

    1. Ummm it wasn’t intentional. But it worked well in the end. Glad you liked it 🙂

  6. very powerful and dark. I love it Jai.

  7. Very interesting concept Jai, and neatly done 🙂

    1. Thanks Sid 😀 makes me real happy to kniw you liked it 🙂

    1. Vins beat you I think 🙂

    2. neatly done Jai.. the corporate world doesn’t seem to spare anyone! :-/

      1. Thanks Pixie. I am so glad you liked it 😀

  8. interesting. unlike ur usual stories, Jai, and in a good way 🙂 should be careful of competitors in a dog eat dog world, eh?

    1. Tried something different. Glad you liked it 🙂

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