A short story
This is such a cool concept! Wow!
Love it. It's the only thing that a father could do in that instance unless he was evil enough to take the Doctor's watch 😛 --- and come to think of it who knows what Los Angeles and California would look like after that quake or whatever it was... could be a tough life for little Leah.
Wow! What an ending! Love the creativity.
Wow, Bill! Excellent piece, well written and a fascinating plot.
Great story! Could you share some insight on your thought process while writing it?
I can't believe you wrote a story with watches in it. 🤣
I thought for sure the doctor was going to give up his watch. "I am old. Take mine."
Great story, even if I guessed wrong.
I quit wearing a watch years ago. Like the kids say, "I always have my phone, so what's the point?"
I love the ways you manipulate and otherwise use time in your stories. This time (pun intended), measuring a life in the ticks of a watch. Great story, Bill!
I need to wear my “The Citizen” Blue Eagle more often.
Good watch story Bill, thank you.
Every time I read one of your stories Bill, I'm caught completely off guard. My watch battery died 3-4 years ago and I haven't worn a watch since. Now, being retired, I tell myself I don't need one. I guess I'm destined to be one of the six Billion...
What a great read. What a rush! Great theme, great idea. I was reminded of Logan's Run, where they have their life clock in the palm of their hands. Splendid work, Bill.
"Time is the fire in which we burn. —Delmore Schwartz"
I'm one of those who believes that every story has already been written. But people like you on Substack keep proving me wrong.
The portrayal of life being directly linked to time (through the watches) is quite thoughtful, and I like the philosophical aspect of why the world became the way it was. It's also very realistic- the ending happened because of lack of preparation and an unexpected event.
This is a disturbing but extremely well-written story. The tension is palpable and the ending is well worth the wait.
I've had the same watch for a number of years, and it still keeps on ticking....