Ticking Clock

Sometimes, delving through random YouTube videos can be highly informative. Typically, I’m watching them to kill some time, but from time to time I stumble onto a gem. One such video highlighted the space battle from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Early on, it references Alfred Hitchcock’s definition of tension. While I could quote the man, I’d recommend watching the video so you can hear his full answer. But the important takeaway is about ensuring the audience knows something is wrong.

While I’m still working on honing my craft, hopefully, I’ve woven the desired tension into this micro tale.

Come, sit down and allow me to give you a mini-escape and kindle your imagination.

Ticking Clock

TICK.

“Beth,” Sarah said as her knuckles probed her temples. “Why did you purchase a ticking clock?”

TOCK.

Beth pivoted toward it as she tapped a fingertip against her lips. “Because that’s exactly what it is.”

TICK.

With a groan, Sarah’s forehead fell to the table. “Don’t you find the constant sound annoying?”

TOCK.

Bubbly laughter washed over Sarah as Beth turned back to her friend, crossing her legs. “From the moment I put it up, its persistent sounds altered into soothing white noise.”

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