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Time This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 7, 2007

By Katie S., Brooklyn, NY

Every morning I wake up to the normal sun shooting through the left window, blinding me as I try to open my eyes. My dog, Donald, barks up a storm. He insists that every morning at exactly 7:04, he has to go outside. It really is starting to push my buttons. Can’t that damn dog just take a rest?

After I go outside for exactly 2.5 minutes, I realize I have to deal with my boss in exactly 48.6 minutes. I sit and moan for two minutes. Any more I would be late and any less I would be early: it has to be exactly two minutes. Afterward, I do my normal six-minute shower, three-minute shave, two-minute brush of my teeth – just like the dentist told me – and five minutes to figure out what I am going to wear ­today. That leaves me 4.5 minutes to sit and read The New York Times and moan about having to drive 20 minutes to a job that I can’t stand.

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5 comment(s)
This is absolutely clever and incredible! Great work!
Mar. 05, 2018 at 1:22 PM • Report
This is great. Excellent. I love it.
Dec. 14, 2017 at 4:34 AM • Report
This really could be the prologue to a novel... Great Job!!!
Dec. 11, 2017 at 5:53 AM • Report
are you going to make another part?
Oct. 31, 2017 at 4:30 PM • Report
I love all the details you wrote in the story.
Oct. 11, 2017 at 12:41 PM • Report