The Watch – Sunday Photo Fiction

Photo by: Alastair Forbes

The Watch

Clarence found the watch he wanted resting in a curio store in Soho. It called to him somehow. The movement was clearly visible through a clear plate. The artistry of its manufacture easily visible.

“I’m sorry,” said Hampton the clerk. “You can’t have that watch.”

“Why not? I like it.”

“It’s incredibly complicated to use,” said Hampton. His eyes looked distant.

“It’s just a watch!”

“It comes with great responsibility. This isn’t a watch for ordinary use.”

“Well, I still want it.” Clarence stuck his chin out in defiance.

Hampton gazed at him intently. It felt to Clarence as if Hampton could see through his very skin and look inside, just like the watch. “You have a certain fire in your eyes,” said Hampton. He picked up the watch and gestured at Clarence to follow. “Perhaps I can explain how this works.”

Clarence was sure Hampton was mad after the clerk began to explain. Then Hampton activated it, and Clarence’s world changed.

Suddenly with the watch, he could travel anywhere through time and space. Clarence learned that Dromeosaur dinosaurs were far more clever than paleontologists ever expected. He learned the true identity of William Shakespeare, and who really killed JFK. As the years passed he learned the watch’s advanced controls. He traveled across the galaxy and learned to speak twenty-two alien languages and control forty-seven interstellar vehicles. A year’s visit to the lost planet of Pchar’Val’Cuna granted him an additional three-hundred years of life.

After 244 years of traveling, he journeyed back to Earth to see the living bridges of Meghalaya, India. There, he met Priya, and his world changed yet again. After seeing the wonders of multiple galaxies, he’d never found anything like the beauty that lived in Priya’s innocent smile.

His years of traveling ceased. The two married and began a family in Boston, Massachusetts. Clarence opened a curio shop selling items he’d collected from the universe. One day a young man entered and walked straight to the watch Clarence had carried for so many years. Clarence watched the young man carefully and found something special in his eyes.

He knew just what to do.

“I’m sorry,” said Clarence with a grin. “You can’t have that watch.”
Author’s Notes:

The Living Bridges of Meghalaya really exist, and they are a wonder:

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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26 Responses to The Watch – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. tedstrutz says:

    Good story, Eric… this style of watch is called a Skeleton Watch.
    I’m not sure I’ve seen this group.

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      Most cool. You know your watches. I’ve seen this style before and thought them interesting, but I didn’t know what they were called. Glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks much, Ted! 🙂


  2. Francesca Smith says:

    You definitely have a knack for great storytelling! It is a fascinating looking watch.

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  3. Graham Lawrence says:

    I like how you rounded out the story! Would love a watch that did all that!

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  4. A W E S O M E!! I loved it! You could not have given it a better ending!

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  5. List of X says:

    And surprisingly, Boston is real, too, and shopkeepers there really do greet their customers with “No! You can’t have that!” 🙂

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  6. Lyn says:

    That was such a satisfying, feel good story, Eric. And with the perfect ending 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Lyn! I do love my humorous stories, but every once in a while one those comfy stories, the kind that wrap you up in a blanket and hand you a cup of tea, are just the right thing. Thanks again, Lyn! 🙂

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  7. Dave says:

    Circular paradox, ahoy.

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  8. mandibelle16 says:

    It must have been wonderful travelling around acquiring all that knowledge. But in the end Priya was his home. Very good ending.

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    • EagleAye says:

      It was for him. He learned a great deal. But the mind is one thing and the heart is another. Traveling through the galaxy won his mind, but a simple village girl won his heart. In the end, it seems he got the best of everything. Glad you enjoyed the ending. Thank you kindly! 🙂

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  9. That was fantastic. I love the way you did that, and the ending was brilliant. It started as it finished. I wonder if Clarence was Clarence.


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Al! Clarence was Clarence. Previous to Hampton there was Dieter, then Raj, then Liu-Fan, then Reginald, then Mogunda, then Running Deer, then…

      Folks enjoy the watch heartily then settle down. Since it operates outside time and space no one knows how old it is. The user could’ve settled in a time centuries before he was born, and then gave it away. Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks again, Al! 🙂

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  10. afairymind says:

    I think I’d like to have a watch like that! A well told story, as always – very nicely done. 🙂

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  11. luckyjc007 says:

    Very enjoyable read! I think a lot of people would love to have that kind of watch. He seemed to have it all…travel and learn the past and future..that’s awesome! And, to top it all off…he finds the love of his life, and then gives someone else the opportunity to experience what he experienced.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. He’s lived a very good, very rewarding life. Lucky for him, the many people that came before have passed that bounty forward. With luck, many others will enjoy it as much. Thanks most kindly! 🙂


  12. ceayr says:

    What a wonderfully happy little tale.
    Totally charming!

    Liked by 1 person

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