#1- What Can Happen in a Second?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

You only get a finite amount of seconds in your lifetime. What can happen in one? And what happens when they all run out?

 

86,400 seconds in a day. That finite number holds the day you were born. It holds your first word. It carries the scrapes and bruises on your knees. Your first day of kindergarten. Opening your first present from Santa. 43,200 seconds remain. This number cherishes the A+ on your math test. It grasps onto your first kiss. It holds the fight with mom. Your first concert. Your first vacation. 3…2…1…0 seconds remain. But it’s okay. Your clock’s time swivels backwards, granting you another 86,400 seconds to spend.

31,557,600 seconds in a year. Ticking, ticking, ticking. These seconds hold far greater things. It keeps the realization of your love for him warm. The planning of your sister’s wedding buzzes while your weight loss progresses. The professors and stressful college exams have a special place here. 15,778,800 seconds remain. The agonizing wait for the beach vacation sits next to the career searching process. Finding the house of your dreams slides in beside the 9 months you eagerly waited for your little girl to arrive. 2…1…0 seconds remain. But it’s okay. Your clock’s time swivels backwards, granting you another 31,557,660 seconds to spend.

1.6 billion seconds in 50 years. Birthdays, anniversaries, births, deaths, meetings, appointments, and visits. Nights in, nights out. Sick days, vacation days, sleepy days. 7.8 million seconds remain. Seasons, Halloween, family reunions. Turkey and shopping. Christmas cookies and cocoa.  1…0 seconds remain. But it’s okay. Your clock’s time swivels backwards, granting you one more bundle of 86,400 seconds to spend.

86,400 seconds in your last day. You begin to reminisce. You remember. But you also regret. Regret not making it to all her concerts. Regret the fights with mom. Regret missing out on the last vacation you would’ve had with dad. Wishing you could finally learn piano like you’ve always wanted. Or lay your head on his chest one more time.Why didn't you make up with your sister? Where's the dream house? Why did you spend so many years at a job you hated? Why didn't you live?

Life flies, you think.

0 seconds remain.

Your clock stays still.


Submitted: December 24, 2014

© Copyright 2021 Taylor Cole. All rights reserved.

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