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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 Feb. 3 2011 at 6:35 pm
I.Luv.Writing BRONZE, New Haven, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
''There is always room for improvement''

I love your use of time throughout the story. You did a great job of having a suspenseful ending. This is piece was unique. 

If anyone has time can you please comment on my piece called "Unforgivable Mother. Thanx....I need feed back.

on Feb. 3 2011 at 2:48 pm
You are a REALLY good writer!!!

on Feb. 3 2011 at 9:42 am
Beautifuleyes14, Rochester, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"If you're lucky enough to be diffrent... don't change!" ~Taylor Swift

Creepy in a good way of corse!!! I understand it perfectly... it just takes somethinking. You have true writing talent! Way to go :)

on Feb. 1 2011 at 6:53 pm
nobodyanymore, Austin, Texas
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Oh my. This is fantastic. I'm spooked! It took a little to sink in, but then I realized what happened and now I'm just sitting here in shock, awed at the story and your awesome writing skills.

on Jan. 22 2011 at 10:58 am
Niya_Smilees GOLD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Live in the moment because reality hurts."

i love it , i love the fact that she  times everything in the story and knows that she has only so much time to do so may things.

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on Jan. 8 2011 at 7:20 pm
Lacer GOLD, Highland Village, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
The thing about philosophy is that it often runs dry when thought of so shallowly.

A writing style combining the ambiguous but undeniably obvious answers with the OCD calculating character, perscribed to a sociopathic bubble of insanity makes me so proud to say I like it.

on Dec. 27 2010 at 2:40 pm

This is absolutely incredible. It does not need a sequel, as a sequel would take away from the mood and feel of this story. I love that there are so many unanswered questions, that you feel need to be answered, but really don't.


I also love that so many people don't get it. The author of this was incredibly talented. Keep up the amazing work.

on Dec. 21 2010 at 5:39 pm
writer500 BRONZE, Putnam, New York
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True! I really liked it! Suspense...confusion..awsome! Check out some of my works "Love?" or whatnot, comment and thanks!

on Dec. 21 2010 at 5:37 pm
writer500 BRONZE, Putnam, New York
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I agree! Hey check out some fo my stuff and comment! Thanks, you'll like it.

on Dec. 21 2010 at 4:24 pm
HelloLove37 BRONZE, Wyoming, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Dance like nobody's watching, love like you'll never get hurt, live like its heaven on earth."

Keeps you wanting more.

The police at the door?

You killed your dog and boss?

So many questions left unanwsered.(: In other words, I loved it. Keep up the great work

on Dec. 21 2010 at 9:31 am
alexandrax003 BRONZE, Morrisville, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"When it can't get any worse, write a song about it."

this was amazing.

on Dec. 21 2010 at 12:12 am
NightStalker PLATINUM, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I reject your reality and substitute my own!"
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Great article and I Know what happened ;D

on Dec. 19 2010 at 8:21 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"

Oh apparently it wasn't obvious to me.

on Dec. 18 2010 at 1:39 pm
ForsakenThirteen BRONZE, Tampa, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"You can't wait for inspiration to come, you have to go after it with a stick"

Isn't it obvious? He killed his boss and dog! I loved it!

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on Nov. 29 2010 at 10:27 pm
kat12 BRONZE, Othello, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
1."Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."
2. "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

This article is so good! I loved every part of it. This story keeps you wanting more!

pardha said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 9:14 pm
or u r dog

pardha said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 9:13 pm

isn't it the police at the door

u killed u r boss

on Nov. 29 2010 at 4:37 pm
Detective-C BRONZE, Lakeland, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Wait! It's morning in the Himalayas!"

Same thing I'm wondering...

on Nov. 29 2010 at 12:40 pm
keannnie BRONZE, Egan, South Dakota
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you can turn off the sun, but im still gonna shine

oh my goodnesss. you should ake a sequal :)

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on Nov. 29 2010 at 12:34 pm
AmberA BRONZE, Karachi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.
-Oscar Wilde.

Keeps you wanting more. :)