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November 7, 2007
Every morning I wake up to the normal sun shooting through the left window, blinding me as I try to open my eyes. My dog, Donald, barks up a storm. He insists that every morning at exactly 7:04, he has to go outside. It really is starting to push my buttons. Can’t that damn dog just take a rest?

After I go outside for exactly 2.5 minutes, I realize I have to deal with my boss in exactly 48.6 minutes. I sit and moan for two minutes. Any more I would be late and any less I would be early: it has to be exactly two minutes. Afterward, I do my normal six-minute shower, three-minute shave, two-minute brush of my teeth – just like the dentist told me – and five minutes to figure out what I am going to wear ­today. That leaves me 4.5 minutes to sit and read The New York Times and moan about having to drive 20 minutes to a job that I can’t stand. Once I arrive, it takes 2.1 minutes to hear the lame story about what Ron, the guy two cubicles down, did last night and four minutes ’til I get to hear my boss complain that I never do anything right.

Spending 9.34 hours at my job, driving 26 minutes home (I hate traffic), taking two minutes to take Donald out and only getting 24.7 minutes to myself before lying down in my hard, cold bed and not falling asleep for another 12.5 minutes can really drive someone crazy. At least that is what my therapist tells me. But in fact it does not make you crazy; it makes everyone else crazy for not wanting to know how much time they actually have.

The thing that will make you crazy is if something goes wrong. Something that has been happening the same way for exactly 12.56 years. When that one thing goes wrong, all hell breaks loose. For instance, if you wake 45.8 minutes late because there is no damn dog barking for you to take him out. Which causes you to be late to work, because you have a 20-minute drive and only 2.4 minutes to get there. Then you ­decide in exactly 24 seconds that you have to call in to work saying you came down with something. But after the phone rings for eight seconds, the secretary tells you that something bad has happened and there will be no work today. You wonder for only one minute what could have happened, but then go and take a shower.

The shower is much longer than the normal six minutes. It takes two more minutes to wonder what is the red goop dripping from your body. Then it takes you two more minutes to realize that you probably just cut yourself shaving.

After 45.8 minutes of watching TV, you wonder where Donald is and what really happened today to call off work. You ponder this for 12 minutes, scratching your chin, noticing the red goop is also under your nails. You find that disgusting, so you walk steps, which takes you three seconds, to go wash your hands, for two minutes, in the bathroom that you never use. You look around for four minutes, noticing there is also red goop all over the walls. You quickly – so fast you can’t count the time – open the shower curtain.

In about seven minutes you realize you have to clean up. But suddenly there is a knock on the front door lasting for about four seconds. But you have to ignore it, you don’t have time, you have to clean up in six minutes. But wait, six minutes is too long. You need 4.5 minutes, but that’s too short. The knocking is getting louder and faster, every three seconds, it just won’t stop. You can’t stop either; you have to clean up, but the knocking ….

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Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm
i want more! !lol this is really great! keeps you thinking... check out my stuff too:-)
agsmiley888 said...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm
wows u made me shudder
this is freaking cool love it
LaylaViolet said...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm
This gave me chills--love it!!
StephenKingfan7 said...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm
This is the first article I read on this website, and I still remeber it. It is disturbong enpugh, but doesnt go over the edge. Godd job. This was very powerful, considering the lenth. Try writing a couple of longer pieces, I would love to see what you can do!
awesomeaugust This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm
I like the creepy feel to it and I think the exact times add to that mood, but I don't really get what happened. I think cliff-hangers are great but I'm not really left owndering what's goign to happened but what has happened. I'd love a version that's a bit more clear, though.
aivilo said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm
did he kill the dog?
smartbutshort said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Really interesting
PAEZ92 said...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm
Mine posted in about 3 days, If you click on the "My Work" tab and it's not there anymore and isn't posted then it didn't get choosen because that happen to one of my poems:(
Soccer6 said...
Feb. 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm
what? I don't really understand?
twiwrite said...
Feb. 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm
wow.... kinda demented at the end very cool.
Dandelion said...
Feb. 16, 2010 at 10:57 am
I commend you, not only for your meticulous speculation of time, but for writing this engaging piece in general!
FULLHOUSEKID1000 said...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm
How long does it take to get something posted? I submitted something like a week ago and it hasnt been posted yet.
twiwrite replied...
Feb. 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm
between a week and three months i think. its depends on what when and the subject of what you sent out.
FULLHOUSEKID1000 replied...
Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm
Thank you very much.. That's helpful :]
brainiac said...
Feb. 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm
Now that's suspenseful! Cliff-hangers are really cool. I wonder what happens. Keep up the good thrillers.
FULLHOUSEKID1000 said...
Feb. 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Wow. That's intense. Like really, really, really intense.
yourworstnightmare replied...
Jun. 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm
I like your username. :) Full House FOREVER!
xx3rikkixx3 said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm
This was a great story! You should post a seque! I want to know what happened!
sports1234 said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm
this was an ausome piece it was very interesting
AJdogs said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm
That was so amazing. I REALLY wanna read more! keep writing!
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