Saturday Shorts: Timer

This little story is based off an idea I saw scrolling through Tumblr about having a timer that goes off right when a person is supposed to get together with their soulmate. These characters are just some of my own that I put into this situation… enjoy (:

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I grumbled as I shoved the last of my books into my backpack after the bell had rung. Class was finally over; the school day was finally over. I let out a sigh of relief. I can finally take a nap.

See, I had only gotten about two hours of sleep the previous night. There was a specific reason for this, one that I probably should have been more excited about.

Slinging my bag over my shoulder, I glanced down at the counter ingrained into my wrist. Three minutes left.

Three minutes until I’m supposed to get with my soulmate.

I mean, come on, if this isn’t something to lose sleep over then what is? I have no idea who this guy could be- he could be one of my friends, or maybe not. Who knows?

I walked out into the bustling hallway, pushing my way through the moving crowd. My shoulder brushed against the shoulder of someone, and I jumped a little, snapping my head up.

A tall boy with shaggy brown hair peered at me through square glasses with bright apple-green eyes. I blinked, resisting the urge to look at my counter. Could this…?

“Uh- uh- uhm- uh- sorry, I- that- sorry, I didn’t mean to-” he stammered.

I smiled a little, a bit shyly even. “It’s alright. I haven’t seen you around, my name’s T-”

“TAAAAARAAAAAA!” I heard a yowl from behind me.

I turned around to see a familiar blonde head bobbing through the crowd, in which many heads were turned quizzically his way. My friend reached me in a split second, grabbed my hand, and dragged me away from Mr. Green-Eyes before I could even open my mouth to protest.

“Aaron, what are you doing?!” I finally managed to get out, yanking him to a stop and pulling my hand away. “I-”

“Tarayougottahelpmemytimerisabouttogooffandihavenoideawhattodo,” he burst out.

I momentarily forgot about my own troubles, and a wide grin spread across my face. “Aar, this is so exciting!” I almost squealed. “You’ll be fine, don’t worry, just chill out and be yourself.”

Aaron buried his head in his hands. “But- I- How will I know where she is?”

I shrugged. “Well, I dunno, you’ll just know I guess. How am I supposed to know, I haven’t met mine yet either-” It was then that I remembered my little dilemma.

“- which brings me back to the point of you dragging me away from someone who could have been my soulmate! My timer is close to going off too, y’know, and who knows, maybe it’s possible for it to get messed up and end up with the wrong person if you’re not near your soulmate at that same time and-” I felt a buzz on my left wrist and suddenly felt like the floor had disappeared from beneath my feet.

Aaron’s blue eyes were wide. “Tara… I… I think…”

“… my timer just went off,” I finished for him, not fully registering anything that was happening.

We stood there in silence, both completely oblivious to all the people that were just walking right past us to get home.

“Jeez, how did I manage to get someone so hot?” I idly wondered aloud before I could stop myself, then quickly clapped my hands over my mouth. “Oh man, I didn’t mean to-”

Aaron just chuckled quietly. “You just pretty much put my exact thoughts into words,” he told me, grinning shyly.

I could feel my face growing warm as I stupidly opened and closed my mouth a bit like a fish would.

Aaron looked down for a second, then took my hand again- this time more gently than he had when he had dragged me away from that other random guy in the hallway. He laced his fingers through mine then looked back up at me and met my eyes with his bright blue ones.

“Uh… want to… uhm… I dunno, just… go see a movie?” he blurted out the last part quickly, his face turning tomato red.

I smiled and squeezed his hand a bit. “Yeah. Yeah, let’s go.”

 

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