15 Minutes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A tale of the future sent by someone; that of fate, fortune and warning.

Submitted: December 06, 2018

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"I can't believe I'm that late..." Glancing at the clock set on the office wall she stopped, frowning down at her watch, "off by a whole fifteen minutes." Dropping her hand she shook her head in annoyance as she made for her desk. She'd always prided herself for her punctuality. Passing the supervisors desk as she hurriedly went, he watched her as she rushed by, "traffic jam?" Slowing she turned to him for a second, "no...it's my alarm clock...it's slow or broken or something. Sorry." She sighed as she opened her apartment door, "finally Friday." Entering she placed her two bags of groceries upon the kitchen counter. Turning to the offending clock she gave it a glare. Coming closer to it she saw that it had completely stopped. "6:16 PM" The morning mostly forgotten she put her groceries away, placing them in the well ordered spaces of a usual day. She ate her microwaved dinner then sat at her laptop pulling up the days mail, reading each in turn then responding in kind. Coming to the last she read, "you've lost fifteen minutes." The strange cryptic message caused her to frown, there was no name attached, no address. Checking the date she read "6-1-6-59, huh, half a year from now." Having no one to respond to she logged out shaking her head as she smiled, "weird person who ever you are...you can't harass me...I'm past it." That weekend she replaced the dead clock with a new one, and on Monday morning she was right on time. She always right there with it where meetings were met and appointments were kept, she going forward in a normal way leading her linear well ordered life as was expected. The day arrived, 6-16-59. Waking on a Saturday when she would usually sleep in, she turned to her bedside clock to see 6:16 AM The sudden heart failure was of a rare condition seldom found in younger women and painless death came within an instant. It was as the bedside clock went from 6:30 AM to exactly 6:31 that the massive chain reactive nuclear blast blotted out the sun


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