Short Story Sunday 182: Time

Short Story: "Time"

            Time was beginning to run out for Paula. She had been working all day long and was trying to finish before the next episode of her favorite show aired. She had started to rush to finish her work since the new episode was going to start in about an hour.

Paula looked at her to do list. She had thought she made decent progress that day, but looking at her list and crossing out the few things she had already done, she realized that she didn’t make that much of a dent in what she wanted to accomplish that day.

Paula sighed and held her head in her hands while sitting at her desk. She still had some work to finish up, but she had also planned on trying to get some house cleaning done as well. The bathroom was well overdue for a cleaning and she couldn’t walk into her house without sneezing due to all the dust flying around. She had been so busy with work and its deadlines that she was neglecting everything else around her.

She quickly finished up what she was currently working on and hit the print button on her laptop. She looked through her list of things she needed to do for work and realized that there were some things that she still had a week or so to work on. She crossed those off the list trying to make it seem like she had gotten more work done during the day. She would just have to work on everything else later. She still had time for those at least.

What Paula didn’t have time for was the cleaning. She was having a party the following day at her house and she still hadn’t cleaned the living room, kitchen, or either of the bathrooms.

She checked the time once more and realized that she had about 45 minutes to get at least one room done. She jumped up from her desk chair, leaving her laptop still on as her report continued to print, and she ran downstairs to the kitchen.

Doing the dishes and wiping down a few of the counters shouldn’t take her too long. By the time she finished the kitchen, she could wrap up her work, then her show could start. Then she could clean other rooms in between during the commercials.

Yes, this was the perfect plan!

It wasn’t until Paula was able to finally sit down on the couch, two minutes before the show started, that she realized something. The night before was Daylight Savings Time. She had lost an hour. The credits of her show were rolling on the screen.

Paula grunted. She had gone an entire day looking at the wrong time. She drew in a deep breath. Well, it was a good thing she had recorded the show.

Forget the cleaning. It was much later than she thought. She was going to watch her show and then go to bed.

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7 thoughts on “Short Story Sunday 182: Time

  1. I liked the urgency from Paula. I could relate to wanting to get things done before something as “crucial” as a TV show started. I like the twist at the end.

  2. Haha I can relate, although we don’t have Daylight Saving here in South Africa, but working behind schedule is a constant. Ugh.
    Great story though, you captured Paula really well 🙂

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