Short Fiction #35: Vincent Celebrates in Style

Vincent Celebrates in Style

Vincent looked again at the clock on the wall, and checked it against his wrist watch. He was accustomed to time creeping slowly at this part of his watch. Time seemed to slow down during the night. He stifled a yawn.

“I must keep awake,” he mumbled. He stretched, and yawned loudly again. He walked across the room. The coffee pot was his only companion on these long nights.

“Almost there,” he whispered a little later. The minute hand seemed to crawl even slower as it approached midnight. It was as if the effort of pointing to the top of the clock face was too much.

Vincent watched as it reached midnight. He cocked his ear – yes – he could hear cheering, singing and laughing in the hotel across the road. He raised his coffee mug to the watching clock.

“Ah, the exciting social life of a security guard,” he observed. “Happy New Year!”

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Copyright 2006 Trevor W. Hampel.


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