The master key

There were few things in childhood that I always wanted to learn earlier .. Things like “knowing how electronic things in the house work”, or learning to control my breathing … or learning to picking a lock etc..

I remember, one of my friends told me that there’s a box on every street light pole and the key to open that box is a master key … meaning that key fits to every other lock in the world.

I did not believe it at first but I could not take that thought out of my mind. At night, I tried to validate if what he is saying makes any sense. I though why would that key be master key?

What would it need for a key to be a master key to fit every other lock in the world? I though on this and I said, yeah..it could be right. People who climb on it to repair the street light, why would they maintain special key for all those hundreds of street lights? So may be they could be making a key the master key.

Okay ! But how would that key fit to every lock? I did not know answer to this so the next day I asked him the same.. “I get it.. the key is master key but how can that key fit to every other lock”?

He said, ‘that key is made up with a formula that every other lock can fit in .. ‘.. I did not know the real mechanism of the lock so I believed him…

since then, I started looking after street lights .. I would keep up at the pole, I used to check if it has a box and if so, does it have a key …!! Surprisingly , I found one but it was too close to our house ..so I was little worried that if I climb on it and get caught, my home won’t be that far for them to complain…

So I left it and started looking for other poles…annnnnnd I found one more. I was so happy ..

Having a master key that can unlock any lock was feeling like having a super power to me.. I was literally dreaming of having it…but I was equally afraid of getting caught while climbing on it to get one.

It was on my way to school so I used to plan like for first few days, I kept on keeping my eye on when there’s little traffic or people in that area …

I decided that I will get there once the shopkeeper in front of the pole closes his shop in the afternoon…

During the races of the school, I went there, I saw there was key and I climbed on it. I also got the key …

Wooooow !! I was so hurried that I did not even look at how they key looked like ..neither I had any worry about it because it was taken from a public property.. it wasn’t a problem at all.

For the rest of the school, I hardly could concentrate on classes..I just wanted to go home and try that key …

I went home and I did try .. it did not work 🙁 It was never supposed to be a master key but It actually worked on some locks and was indeed a master key… it’s just that it can’t work on all locks but locks that looked more or less the same.

I was happy to get the master key .. and I was not even discouraged that it did not work.. I figured out why did it not work with other locks and learnt something called as lock picking ..

Now I don’t remember much of it but I did learn to imagine the key pattern just by listening to how the lock sounded while inserting the key .. and I would clearly tell who the key of that lock should look like …

I did not get master key but I had learnt something awesome .. so I was happy 🙂

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