I Should Have Worn a Different Watch

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I gradually became aware that I was awake again, sadly. I enjoyed those fleeting moments of unconscious sleep where the minutes and hours slowly drift away, and then pick up speed until you are redlining it in 5th gear… then BLAM!!! Awake again. Who knows how much later. Fifteen minutes or ten hours, time used to be relative.

What I really liked about sleeping was that if I was lucky I could dream. During the time where my body simply was, my mind could weave a beautiful tapestry where I wasn’t bound by the laws of physics. I could run and jump, socialize with others and even eat food again! I miss food a lot.

When I was stuck being what I call ‘awake’ physically I could do nothing. I don’t mean that I had nothing to do but that I could not move a muscle. I wasn’t paralyzed. Even a quadriplegic can blink and move their eyes around. At least they can breathe and have a heartbeat.

Not that looking around would have done much for me. I had been in the darkness for longer than I could fathom, or maybe not, I had no way of telling time. I wore a watch but it didn’t glow in the dark, no back lit digital screen for me. I vaguely remember that at one point I thought I could hear the soft ticks of the watch as the hands made their rounds. I don’t get to hear those soft ticks any longer.

That is one thing I think I would change if I could go back. I would change lots of things if I could go back, but if anything I would have worn a digital watch that displayed the time and day of the week. If I could find one that showed the month too I would drain every penny in my checking account and take out a bank loan just to have it now.

Ideally I would change other things first. I would have worn a helmet when I got onto my motorcycle. I would have looked both ways before I pulled out in front of that oil truck. I would have also maybe gotten one of those blood donor cards for my wallet, and then the paramedics would have known what my blood type was. So yeah, mistakes were made that day, but if I couldn’t change the outcome I would have worn a different watch.

I don’t recall much after the impact. I remember a fire truck, some paramedics, but it gets fuzzy. I do clearly remember the medic telling the doctor I was a motorcyclist with no helmet involved in a side impact collision with a large vehicle. Side impact my ass. When an oil truck T-bones a bike in a 55, the truck runs your ass over. The doctor just shook his head and mumbled that us bikers were just organ donors anyway. I probably would have been one too if my insides weren’t gelatin.

There was a funeral. Somehow it was open casket and I got to see who came and who didn’t, who cried and who just looked at me and shook their head. As much as I tried though, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t blink, all I could do was just be there with some vague consciousness that I was there and what was around me.

Sadly those were the good times. Things only got worse from there. My casket was closed and I never saw light again. I heard the thud of dirt as they covered my casket and then I was completely alone with nothing but the soft rhythmic clicking of my wristwatch to keep me company. Just me, my thoughts and my wristwatch. I don’t know how long I have been down here in this hole, but I really wish I had worn a different watch.

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  • Commented on January 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I really,really, like this one, the idea is original and pulled off amazingly. Xx

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  • k-tan
    Commented on January 31, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    That was some really intelligent shit.awesome..

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  • Commented on February 16, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    a fine example of a story which has all it’s elements in play. a warning, wrapped in a nightmare, wrapped in a worst fear. that even after death, violent and reckless we live. and wait. that it never (unlike watches) stops. short, sweet and amazing.

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  • Commented on January 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    wow that was amazing i really liked the last part, what a plot twist!

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  • Commented on February 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    This really resonates the same note as Stephen King’s Operating Room Four. I thoroughly enjoyed the spooks.

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  • Commented on February 4, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I love it! It leaves you wondering where he was the entire time, and gave hints without ruining the whole ending! It surprised me! Good work!

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  • the critique
    Commented on May 7, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    i honestly couldn’t think of anything bad for this one,i loved it, a part of the seventh paragraph was a little confusing, other then that it was awesome 10/10

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  • SaintBambi
    Commented on June 1, 2015 at 8:13 am

    There’s an ad asking if I have ever thought of donating blood beside this pasta. Creepy.
    This just added to my rating lol.

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  • Commented on February 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    i don’t care what anyone says this creepypasta is awsome

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  • Commented on February 19, 2015 at 2:17 am

    O. M. G.

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  • Bog
    Commented on February 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    This deserves a higher rating. Awesome

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  • Commented on April 1, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I did enjoy this pasta.

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  • Commented on May 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    It’s so sad… Makes you think, you know? Wonder if this is really what we have to look forward to in the afterlife…

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  • Commented on June 6, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Kind of reminded me of that Liam Neeson movie, After.Life.

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  • Mike T
    Commented on July 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Exactly like Operating Room Four. Also one of the new Twilight Zones.

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  • Commented on July 11, 2015 at 12:47 am

    This is like something Edgar Allan Poe would write.

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  • Commented on September 24, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I actually really enjoyed this one. It wasn’t 100% obvious the end result as a lot of the wordplay kept you guessing and it was a really interesting and original take.

    OP: I’d love to discuss the opportunity to get this story produced by Simply-Scary.com (a Chilling Tales For Dark Nights website). If you’re interested, drop me a line at micah.rodney@simply-scary.com

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  • Commented on April 14, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Well, at least he wasn’t cremated.

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  • Commented on February 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Fantastic…Just Grand.

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  • why
    Commented on February 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    wow.

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  • Commented on June 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Ah that was awesome! 😀 A really interesting and cool original idea ^^ loved the writing style as well.

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  • Commented on November 2, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I did expect that he was dead even though I was just reading the first part.

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  • Commented on November 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Amazing!

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  • Commented on November 20, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I think it’s a nice story…..simply thinking about myself stuck in his place gives me the creeps!!

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  • Commented on October 7, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    wow 10/10

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  • Commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Good stuff. I enjoyed it.

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  • Commented on November 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    wasn’t expecting the ending, nice! although if the narrator can’t move, how could they look at the watch?

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  • Hillary belle
    Commented on December 7, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Wow

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  • Commented on February 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    0/10

    Poor watch choice.

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  • Commented on March 18, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Good story overall. Wasnt really creepy idk what is was i just wasnt feeling this one. 3.5/5

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  • Commented on April 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    This was not good waste of my time. Do not read it is just bad I give a 2/5

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  • vampire lord
    Commented on February 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    it was boring this IS a creepypasta page… one would clearly understand where he was the entire time… and the only creepyish thing on there is that he was dead while writing this… not bad for a first time one though

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