“Did you get that article I emailed to you,” Amy asked Gene.
“Which one?” Gene asked. “You’ve been emailing or texting me two or three articles a day, lately.”
“It was the one about the so-called ‘missing link’ in the human evolutionary chain,” Amy said.
Gene started laughing.
“What’s so funny?” Amy asked, a hint of irritation in her voice. “Did you get it or not?”
Gene cleared his throat and said, “Yeah, I got it, but you forgot to put the link to the article in your email.”
“Are you saying that the link to the article I referenced in my email to you was missing?” Amy asked.
“Yeah, that’s what I’m saying, Amy,” Gene said. “Kind of ironic, don’t you think?”
“Ironic?” Amy said. “How so?”
“You emailed an article about the missing link and the link was missing,” Gene said. “The email about the missing link had a missing link. That’s hilarious.” Gene started laughing again.
“Well I don’t see the humor in that at all,” Amy said. She picked up her smartphone and began tapping away furiously on the keypad.
“What are you doing?” Gene asked.
“I’m sending you a text with the link to the article,” Amy said.
Gene’s smartphone pinged and he saw her text. He clicked on the link, but when he did, all he got was an “Error 404: page cannot be found” message. “I think you sent me a bad link in your text.”
“Dammit!” Amy said. I must have fat-fingered the URL. Let me re-text you that link.”
Gene grabbed Amy’s hand, and giving her the most serious look he could muster, he said to her, “You know, Amy, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” at which point he literally doubled over in laughter.
Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Linda gave us the word “link” and asked us to use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way we’d like.