Your Time Has Come

Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for the purposeful practitioner, details are available at, https://rogershipp.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-week-28-2016/

Eugene looks at his lifelong companion.   The silver pocket watch.  

On his twentyth birthday, Mrs Dupree handed him the watch.   Her smile was like the Sun.  She was easily fifty yeasts older than he was but he was convinced she was younger.   He did everything to help her, his mother told him to look after her because she was all alone.

“Eugene, you will live to be 90 years old.  On August 1, 2016 your time will come at 8:25 PM. Enjoy your days. Only your hand can change this.”  Mrs Dupree’s voice still rings in his ears.

August came in with a flurry. On your last day twenty hours goes quickly.   Every one and everything can’t be done at last minute.  Not at 90 years old. 

Eugene planned.   Noone took him took seriously.  At 8:21PM, he looked at his watch.   So many ties left undone. There are not enough hours left.   He could have enjoyed the day. 

But the last words heard came from local government past.

“Eugene, you will live to be 90 years old.  On August 1, 2016 your time will come at 8:25 PM. Enjoy your days. Only your hand can change this.”  Mrs Dupree’svoice still rings in his ears.

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12 thoughts on “Your Time Has Come

  1. Not a good thing to your time of death. I think that is what you are saying. I think that at least, it’s better not too know. Eugene probably worried about that day far too much in life. And especially the last day, he shouldn’t have worried about his family not believing or whatever else. It would have Ben better to enjoy. But maybe knowing, he couldn’t help but plan?

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    1. As you got close to the date, it would have to drive you mad. You mind would have changed how you view the whole death thing. From the decades to go, no fear of normal things would be a calling card. But fear of that day would come more each year. Like a mourning day.

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      1. On the other hand, there are those in poor health, or who suffer everyday, who might welcome that day and be counting down the days. But I do think that’s better left to the creator 🙂

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    1. That would be way to scary. I kind of used his expression for that. The old guy looked shocked. I couldn’t imagine watching the last few minutes go by knowingwhat was coming

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      1. Yes, it would have to come up when you are purchasing items with long term financing! I would hate to be told, “NO, you can’t have this purchase because you are going to die on a certain date.”

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