It didn’t matter where she was or what she was doing, Didi’s eyes were drawn to a clock at 11:38. She never thought consciously about the time or looking at the clock except in the morning when she got up for work and towards the end of her work day. It was as if a mechanism within her akin to a cuckoo or grandmother clock triggered at 11:38, and her head swiveled to the timepiece.
It was also a time for so many momentous events in Didi’s life. She was handed her high school diploma at that time (the Principal wondered why she held her hand out and checked her watch instead of shaking his hand,) she met her future husband at that time, her daughter was born then, and so was her first grandson.
Didi had never questioned 11:38, but she wondered how many others had experienced the phenomenon. Upon Google searching Didi was excited to find a “Sametime Society” that had a chapter in every state. Michigan’s chapter was based in Lansing. Didi decided to make the drive for the next monthly meeting.
Didi was surprised at the 200 people at the monthly meeting. She wasn’t feeling as much like a freak anymore. The chapter president stood up and went over the agenda. First update for the attendees was news that the FL chapter learned that every person in their state that experienced “sametime” had the same nurses’ signature on their birth certificates. The second update was about sametimers in Colorado who had all agreed to have an MRI and learned that a microchip had been implanted at the back of each of their necks.
As the Sametimers continued research into their similarities, they were astounded to learn that they were not human at all but artificial intelligence androids. Next on their collective agenda was to find out who created them and why.
Fandango is the host of Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Fandango says:
Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.
The top image is from the Brainsparker app for iOS.