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.”
The Living Bridges of Meghalaya really exist, and they are a wonder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_root_bridges
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