Twenty five minutes

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Twenty five minutes
Professor Grahn started reading the paper which Claud gave him.
“4.20 pm. It’s raining. Every raindrop is pulsating in my ears. I only hear the sound of the rain. There is nothing else…”
Professor Grahn stopped reading.
“These are my words, really!”
“Yes professor, they are. You will see that the writing is ending at 4.28 pm. Besides, we have a deal you know. We never touch any of your works, any of your notes. In any case, you also know that all we assistants don’t have any permission to look your works until you say.”
“But, this is impossible situation. I don’t remember any of these. What time is it right now?”
“4.05 pm.”
“And you say that I wrote those lines fifteen minutes later.”
“Yes, according to you we both were here. Actually, I should say we will here. Please you continue to read rest of your writing.”
Professor Grahn looked at the paper on the desk. After, he turned his head to the window. It wasn’t any sign of the rain.  He was trying to understand. He didn’t remember when he wrote. It seemed like his brain has kept big black hole about that moment.
“You are right, I should keep going. Time is passing.” He continued to read.
“Claud and the other guy, what was his name? I can’t remember. I never remember his name. Anyway, he is always after Claud like a shadow. I guess I can call to them Claud and his shadow. They are looking at me. They seem to know what I will do. They are acting in my brain. In every moment, this situation is getting more interesting. They are not talking just watching. Their eyes… They are looking in dismay. Come on Claud say something, you always talk too much. What happened to your tongue? The time is 4.25 pm. I have to go out. The window is broken. I can’t fix it now. I have to go. The room is getting wet and cold thoroughly. Maybe, if I go out they react. Maybe, who knows?”
Professor Grahn stopped.
“What time is it?”
“4.12 pm.”
“All windows are well. Any of them isn’t broken.”
“Oh my goodness, professor, look at that!”
“What? What was happen Claud?”
“There is a storm which is getting close. Look behind the trees. I can see the lights, if you pay attention, you can hear the voice of the thunder.”
Lightning struck down the hill in front of their view, instantly. The build which they were in was only structure on the valley below the hill.
Professor Grahn stood up at the instant and went toward the window. He returned to Claud.
“What time is it?”
“4.17 pm.”
“If these words are true, I need to start writing three minutes later.” He hesitated. There were thoughts in his mind. “What would happen in 3 minutes that I would start writing these lines? Of course, if all these are real memories. Something that we didn’t live could it be the memory? Or how many things that we lived were real memories?” Actually, there wasn’t big difference between the two. As for Professor Grahn, he has needed only three minutes to figure it out.
In one minute, at first, big and sharp voice was heard. In subsequent twenty seconds all windows started to shake.  When two minutes was finalized, one window was broken. And this one was the window which Claud stood in front of. 
His ears resounded with the sound of the rain and the thunderbolt. He was confused and astonished. He looked at his watch.
“The time is 4.19 pm.” He said loudly. He has sat to his chair immediately. He started to talk with himself: Why this room is so dark? Where is my pen, damn it! All right, you should be calm down. Here it is. I have to write all these experienced, I have no time.
He started to write.
“4.20 pm. It’s raining. Every raindrop is pulsating…
…The time is 4.29 pm. Claud is dead. The window was broken and his neck was cut by one piece of glass. I can’t do anything for him. Can I? I don’t know. And the other thing which I couldn’t know yet, where is Claud’s shadow man? He disappeared at that moment. Coward! If he was here maybe we could have done something for saving Claud.”
“I am a coward professor; actually, both of us unfortunately.”
“You! Where were you? And what is your name and what is your position in this facility! Why I can’t remember anything about you! Who are you?”
“I am you, totally you professor; and you feel this to your bones.”
“What kind of trick that you make? I am not you, never!”
“Look at me closely. Come professor. Come close.”
Professor Grahn walked to the place which the voice came. He was right. The shadow man exactly seemed like himself.   
“How?” Professor Grahn was able to say only.
“You are in my experiment universe. If it would be successful, we can change some critical events at the other parallel universes. But right now, due to my mistake, you stuck into twenty five minutes. Again and again, you live all. And I am sorry because of the thing what I will do.”
“What more can you do?” When Professor Grahn asked this question, he was very calm, although all his experiences in past twenty five minutes.
The shadow man took the page from his hand. He erased the sentences at last paragraph.
“Sorry, you shouldn’t know for now what will happen after 4.28 pm. But, I will fix this. You have to believe me as much as believe in yourself. Professor, you believe in yourself, don’t you?”
Professor didn’t answer, just asked one question.
“What time is it?”
“4.30 pm.”
Professor Grahn started reading the paper which Claud gave him.
“4.20 pm. It’s raining. Every raindrop is pulsating…”

About the Author: 
I am a writer from Izmir, Turkey. My stories are usually experimental, sci-fi and mystery. I have got two published books and one theatre scenario. And much stories on magazines.

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