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Time MAG

November 7, 2007
By Anonymous

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 Apr. 21 2010 at 10:11 pm
CanYouSeeTheCrazy PLATINUM, Cle Elum, Washington
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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!

on Apr. 14 2010 at 7:01 pm
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.

good, very good...WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!

on Apr. 13 2010 at 2:14 pm
WonderDreamer23 BRONZE, Maplewood, Minnesota
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i have to read the ending im dieing i keep thinking whats gonna happene nextttt...................

on Apr. 1 2010 at 10:24 pm
hopelesssharpie BRONZE, Srghsfgjd, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction must make sense." -Mark Twain.
"I'm not crazy, my reality is simply different than yours."
"I'd rather be hated for who I am than be loved for who I'm not."

I NEED to read the ending. =) Amazingly mysterious.

on Apr. 1 2010 at 8:48 pm
Alaskan92 BRONZE, Halfway, Oregon
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In a good way that was VERY freaky! It's got an edge to it that just makes you shudder. I'd love to see more!! 

on Apr. 1 2010 at 8:46 pm
ChangedForever, WW, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
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why did it have to end?! I got chills....

on Apr. 1 2010 at 12:53 pm
Piccalily_Potter GOLD, Staffordshire, Other
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I really loved this! it's really good and I would love to read more!

on Apr. 1 2010 at 10:21 am
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

I hate to be a downer, but I didn't get it :(

Metree SILVER said...
on Apr. 1 2010 at 8:35 am
Metree SILVER, Machipongo, Virginia
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very very good but I wish I knew the end! keep it up and keep writing :)

petergrant said...
on Mar. 23 2010 at 2:32 pm
This is the best short story i have ever read by someone my age. It was so well written and i hope you keep on writing.

Sarbear GOLD said...
on Mar. 23 2010 at 12:54 pm
Sarbear GOLD, Milan, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
--Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away from them and you have their shoes.
--When life gives you lemons, squirt them in people's eyes.

i want more! !lol this is really great! keeps you thinking... check out my stuff too:-)

on Mar. 16 2010 at 7:45 pm
Green8a8 SILVER, NY, New York
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Favorite Quote:
im the author of my life, unfortunately im writing in pen therefore i can't erase nothing about it.-by some crazy friend of mine

wows u made me shudder


this is freaking cool love it

LaylaViolet said...
on Mar. 16 2010 at 4:32 pm
This gave me chills--love it!!

on Mar. 13 2010 at 6:11 pm
StephenKingfan7 BRONZE, East Hartford, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"What do you know for sure?" - Gene Siskel

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!

on Mar. 13 2010 at 4:53 pm
meganleigh122 GOLD, Greeneville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain."

now that i think of it, yeah, its like "The Tell-Tale Heart." this really good :)

on Mar. 13 2010 at 4:50 pm
meganleigh122 GOLD, Greeneville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain."

yeah i'll read it :) and i have a couple novels i would like people to read :)

and this is a really good sttory :) keep it up

on Mar. 10 2010 at 8:30 pm
awesomeaugust GOLD, Boston, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground"
~Theordore Roosevelt

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 SILVER said...
on Mar. 10 2010 at 4:07 pm
aivilo SILVER, Circleville, Ohio
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Do you mean how the writer switched from first person to second?

aivilo SILVER said...
on Mar. 10 2010 at 4:06 pm
aivilo SILVER, Circleville, Ohio
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The knocking at the end is also like "The Tell-Tale Heart".