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November 7, 2007
By Katie S., Kewaskum, WI, Kewaskum, WI

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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on Nov. 29 2010 at 11:58 am
fashionlover16 SILVER, New Gloucester, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
I honestly don't know what my favorite personal quote is. I can tell u what i like, if u want that. I really like the twilight series. whenever my mom suggests that we should go shopping, i light up. I love shopping. well thats about it, byez!!!!! <3

ik!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TELLLLLL MEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I WANNNNNNNNNA KNOWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Nov. 29 2010 at 10:58 am
MysteryHeart GOLD, Thorold, Other
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Usted es especial! AKWARD!!! (in an opera like voice), ohhh fasha', what the huh?,who in the name of what?, sanity now!

So what happens next???????? TELL MEEEEEEEEEE

on Nov. 16 2010 at 6:08 pm
AaronLawrence SILVER, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
I may be an idiot, but i'm not stupid

Until you change me enough that i'm convinced I need to change, I won't change

Wow, you captured the confusion of an ocd person so amazingly well, that gave me a head ache just thinking like that.  I would ask you if it was a seriel killing story on the inside but i don't want to know because that would ruin some of the mystery.

LASwan SILVER said...
on Nov. 15 2010 at 12:08 pm
LASwan SILVER, Yukon, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
Don't worry about the world endng today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.
-Charles Schultz

Whoa. I'll add to your heap of trite compliments: That was amazing, chilling, and mind-bending. Top notch, my friend. Mind reading some of my works? "Allegience" and "Silent Night," both in historical fiction. Thanks!

on Nov. 15 2010 at 10:39 am
vampiresrock GOLD, Cornish, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
When life gives you oranges, make grape juice and sit back and let the world wounder how the hell you just did that.

Oh my goddess! you're a great writer! (And yes...i worship a Goddess, do don't mistake it for goodness)

on Nov. 7 2010 at 10:42 pm
wavesofwishes GOLD, Drummond, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
All it takes..is all you've got.

this really haunted me, in a creepy-beautiful way. you are an amazing writer!

PippinP GOLD said...
on Nov. 7 2010 at 2:28 pm
PippinP GOLD, Bolingbrook, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Faith is like learning to walk; you have to fall at first, but don't stay down. When in doubt, don't stop believing.

=O Did he kill his dog?!?!

Really good job on this!!


on Nov. 7 2010 at 8:14 am
the-infamous-tamer-of-laughter, Lakeville, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
E. B. White

Hey so firstly ur amazing!  But I'm a bit confused, I no it prolly gets annoying hearign that but did he kill somebody?  Your character DID seem a little crazy in the head :)

on Oct. 29 2010 at 7:01 am
thestorycritic GOLD, Hyderabad, Other
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Live life King Size

I din't understand the ending.

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on Oct. 28 2010 at 10:48 pm
eelrtb BRONZE, Spotsylvania, Virginia
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i kept wanting to read more!  i enjoyed reading this but was a little confused towards the end.  keep writing though..it was very good!

Amiee said...
on Oct. 16 2010 at 9:04 pm
man, that was scary o_O but great anyway!

on Oct. 16 2010 at 6:46 pm
writergirl2 BRONZE, Gaines, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"The Constitution gives people the right to pursue happiness...you have to catch it yourself."
(Benjamin Franklin)

Did he murder someone?

on Oct. 16 2010 at 6:01 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I don't understand what's going on at the ending.

on Oct. 16 2010 at 4:46 pm
AMAZING! i love how you dont' put any emotion into it, just the facts and time measurements (not sarcasm)...its really cool.

on Oct. 16 2010 at 3:29 pm
bethy4916 BRONZE, Paonia, Colorado
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It really captures time itself. It's like time is everything, everywhere, everyone. I don't know... but it's great!

on Oct. 16 2010 at 10:44 am
sOmE_nIgHtS SILVER, Wayne, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Yes it's hard to write, but it's harder not to.

Wow. That was really interesting. I really was drawn into it.

Crogirl said...
on Sep. 15 2010 at 2:46 pm
Crogirl, Brezovica, Other
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Really good descriptions, you don't know what the story is really about untill the end, and then you realize that there were some hints...
Great job. I like how the character is psihologicaly very well descripted.

on Sep. 12 2010 at 9:50 am
Annieboo SILVER, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Some one who gets tricked is a fool. Some one who trusts is an even bigger fool. But if you get tricked and tricked again...and still trust...that's makes you the best person to know.

I like how you used time for different things to pull it into your tittle.  By the way, it was really interesting to read.

on Sep. 10 2010 at 9:23 pm
theartgeek97 SILVER, Greenville, South Carolina
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hmm...that really confused me at some parts...well, i'm not all that great at math so that might be why....try going in a bit more detail! Otherwise, i think the story's really great.

on Sep. 3 2010 at 2:50 pm
Kael96 PLATINUM, Shiloh, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Just a small town girl/ living in a lonely world/ took a midnight train/ going anywhere."
-Journey

This was incredible. No wonder it was published. I really enjoyed the constant number theme--it really  tied the story together. Wonderful work!


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