Rewind by Lilia Khouadja

This story is one of the September Writing Challenge entries chosen to be a featured story.

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Tick-Tock

Glass shatters.

Tick-Tock

People are screaming.

Tick-Tock

Time stands still.

Tick-Tock

My time stands still.

Tick-Tock

Everything explodes.

People scream, guards rush in, everybody runs in a different direction. I stand there, paralyzed, not moving a single muscle.

Tick-Tock

The time. I awake from my shock and start running. I have to find the crown before it’s too late. I rush through the huge palace halls, leaving the big wooden clock behind me. I can still hear it, hear every second passing by. And with that hear my time running out. I avoid guards and frightened servants, keeping my head straight, not looking back.

Tick-Tock

I arrive in the hall of mirrors. Mirrors, mirrors everywhere. I see myself a thousand times, my projection being reflected and reflected and reflected…. But no crown. I know it must be here, hidden in one of these mirrors.

Tick-Tock

I run. Pass every mirror, try to see through my reflection. Nothing.

Tick-Tock

Then I see it. Almost invisible, yet if you pay close attention, it’s there.

Tick-Tock

I stumble towards it, reach my hand throw the glass and–

Gong.

First strike. I reach further, almost stepping inside the mirror.

Gong.

Second strike. I grasp the crown.

Gong.

Third strike. I clutch the crown to my breast. Pull out.

Shattering glass. The mirrors explode, leaving me behind in a tornado of sparkling particles.

I’m too late.

All I hear is the crystal sound of glass crashing and the sharp wind blowing through the hall. Like in a snowstorm, everything is white. Everything spins, spins faster and faster until suddenly…

Silence.

Silence, until it starts again.

Tick-Tock

 

 

Lilia Khouadja
17
Austria
Germ Magazine guest author
… is a contributing guest author for Germ, which means the following criteria (and then some) have been met: possessor of a fresh, original voice; creator of fresh, original content; genius storyteller; superlative speller; fantastic dancer; expert joke teller; handy with a toolbox; brilliant at parties; loves us as much as we love them.

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