#52weeks52stories: Week 23
Word prompt: suicide
Word count: 1496, Reading Time – 2 mins, 19 secs
The watched hands of a clock are not supposed to move.
But Teddy Carver had seen the hands move for every one of the last twenty-four minutes.
Five minutes remained before the three o’clock bell rang signaling the end of history class and the end of the school day.
Time to go home.
Nervous jitters caused his knee to bounce while his fist tightened around the pencil he was holding. It snapped, breaking into pieces Teddy laid on the desk without taking his gaze from the clock.
He knew his classmates were staring at him. Some, out of curiosity but most were because they pitied their young friend. Teddy appreciated their kindness and concern. The school sent a beautiful wreath to his mom’s service and the GoFundme donations helped to pay for the service and more… since there’s no payout for suicides.
But he could live without the pity.