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Time MAG

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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deka9 said...
on Jun. 16 2010 at 9:30 am
Wow, this story is amazing--a cross of suspense and mystery. Hopeful for a sequel or the next chapter, please :)

on Jun. 6 2010 at 8:16 pm
yourworstnightmare BRONZE, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. (Teddy Roosevelt)

I like your username. :) Full House FOREVER!

on Jun. 6 2010 at 8:13 pm
yourworstnightmare BRONZE, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. (Teddy Roosevelt)

Same here. What did happen? I'm really confused, haha.

Anyway, props for the author.


on Jun. 6 2010 at 5:13 pm
horse95lover BRONZE, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read" - Groucho Marx

this is so cool

on Jun. 6 2010 at 1:36 pm
elwngkfkjwe,ns, New York, New York
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Your story was superb! Especially the ending, I absolutely loved it! Would you mind reading my work please? 

Diana101 GOLD said...
on Jun. 5 2010 at 4:26 pm
Diana101 GOLD, Grove City, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"God's delays are not God's denials"

I really loved your story!!! You were very descriptive, which I loved. The ending was amazing! It left me hanging, wondering what would happen next....

 


HelloLove said...
on May. 27 2010 at 9:03 am
HelloLove, Dexter, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at.
-Hatter
Tut, tut, child! Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
-Dutchess

That's really good! It kept me guessing! :)

on May. 26 2010 at 3:06 pm
Alvar-Knight SILVER, Harlingen, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
what is said flies,
what is written never dies.

this is so thrilling i just couldn't stop reading it, and when i got to the end all i thought was 1. what happend and 2. I LOVE IT!!!!-.-

on May. 20 2010 at 2:39 pm
--LoveHappens--, Fairfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"A friend is someone who knows you, but loves you anyway"

wow great job this is great and so interesting. Loved it. Please take a look at my work. its called The Pretty One and leave a comment thanks so much

on May. 19 2010 at 3:51 pm
ThatClarinetPerson SILVER, Tequesta, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Life. Don't talk to me about life."
~Marvin the Paranoid Android (from the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series)
Statistical analysis suggests that i am probably in tune with someone
(hahahahaha! I love this cause i'm never ever ever in tune >o

well now i don't feel so stupid :)

on May. 19 2010 at 12:10 pm
Kelsey Hanson BRONZE, Whitmore Lake, Michigan
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Me too!  I need more explianation

on May. 18 2010 at 2:35 pm
collegegirladventures GOLD, Mequon, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

~Salman Rushdie

naah!!! you should keep the ending just like it is. besides, i like the ending: it leaves you hanging...makes the story more interesting.

plus, it can be a fun way to create your own ending to this story. anyone have any ideas for the ending? i want to see your ideas please.


on May. 16 2010 at 1:43 pm
Ricky_Wolf BRONZE, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Really grabs your attention, and a interesting idea.

on May. 15 2010 at 7:28 pm
Becca Evans BRONZE, Mesa, Arizona
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Please do NOT write a sequel. That would be like answering all the unanswered questions in 1984. It's better left unsaid.

Clearly you are very, very skilled at the art of short-story writing. Wow. This grabbed me. I had to go back and read it several times. Definitely got the 1984 tone going on, I can easily see why you chose the cover as your picture--it's inspired by. That comes through.

Fanatastic read. Thank you!


on May. 15 2010 at 2:10 pm
TeamTamani SILVER, Adams, Tennessee
9 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't need a cloak to become invisible."-Albus Dumbledore
"Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself."-Albus Dumbledore
"By all means continue destroying my possessions. I daresay I have too many."-Albus Dumbledore

I want to read more and nice cliff hanger

lizzy414 said...
on May. 15 2010 at 11:54 am
Freaking ausome WHAT HAPPENS NEXT 

Tushar BRONZE said...
on May. 8 2010 at 6:43 am
Tushar BRONZE, Navi Mumbai, Other
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Favorite Quote:
The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. - Robert Bloch

wow! gripping and awesome

mikky said...
on Apr. 23 2010 at 7:59 pm
all i could say is...awsomeness! but what happens next....

on Apr. 21 2010 at 10:11 pm
CanYouSeeTheCrazy PLATINUM, Cle Elum, Washington
21 articles 0 photos 125 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I know why everyone in this world is so desperate to find love."
"Oh yeah? Why then?"
"Because, it's the closest thing we have to magic."

i love how you implied a lot of things that could have happened, and left the reader to wonder and their mind to wander, and their imagination to soar. great piece. i love it. =]

Essence said...
on Apr. 20 2010 at 9:20 pm
i know that keeping the end to yourself made it a beter peice but man i want to know what happened next!


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