The Lecture

The auditorium is crowded. I came early to get a good spot; I’m sitting on first row, right in front of the speaker.

The lights are dimmed and the place is filled with applause, the speaker fakes a small cough and everybody goes silent.

Thirty minutes latter the lecture is at its best moment, he is going to mention the issue all of us have been waiting for.

Suddenly the cellular telephone rings and I tremble like with an electric shock. The lecturer stops talking.

The telephone sounds again and the lights are turned on. I stand up looking for the phone. A hundred people stare at me with disappointment.

The thing rings again and desperate I apologize and walk to the door. Someone closes it behind me.

At that moment I remember I don’t have a cell phone.