Time Keeper

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic


He had been given the watch on his tenth birthday. It was an ordinary grey plastic wristwatch in every respect except for the fact that it was counting down.

"That is all of the time you have left in the world, son. Use it wisely."

And indeed he did. As the watch ticked away, the boy, now a man, lived life to the fullest. He climbed mountains and swam oceans. He talked and laughed and lived and loved. The man was never afraid, for he knew exactly how much time he had left.

Eventually, the watch began its final countdown. The old man stood looking over everything he had done, everything he had built.

5.

He shook hands with his old business partner, the man who had long been his friend and confidant.

4.

His dog came and licked his hand, earning a pat on the head for its companionship.

3.

He hugged his son, knowing that he had been a good father.

2.

He kissed his wife on the forehead one last time.

1.

The old man smiled and closed his eyes.

Then, nothing happened. The watch beeped once and turned off. The man stood standing there, very much alive. You would think that in that moment he would have been overjoyed. Instead, for the first time in his life, the man was scared.


Submitted: April 20, 2018

© Copyright 2021 Kayla Mills. All rights reserved.

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J. M. Crawford

Great allagory. Really enjoyed the story.

Fri, April 20th, 2018 3:15am

Kayla Mills

Thank you Jack

Fri, April 20th, 2018 12:34pm

hullabaloo22

Nicely done....the final moment that wasn't final at all. There are a couple of word endings missing which you might want to fix.

Fri, April 20th, 2018 9:06pm

hullabaloo22

I take that back, I've just seen the scroll button!

Fri, April 20th, 2018 9:06pm

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