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Beverly Gallager sipped her coffeine. A double-fudge orange mocha blend. It was good. She swallowed and glanced at her watch. She made an effort to ignore the stares of the other patrons of Benny's Bean Brew. Her watch hearkened back an era before subcutaneous implants. But, despite its antiquity it displayed the local time: 7:10:34 The time in the capital city in the Universe of the Inner Sol Congress: 10:11:01. As well as a sectioned display dedicated to the age of whatever Universe the watch currently occupied. A standard that was adopted for contemporary calendars, rather than the normal Gregorian time keeping.
The current age of Universe 45 Arc-102 (the one in which Beverly currently occupied): 27,814,503,959 years, 7months, 14 days, 20 hours, 34minutes, 72 seconds.
The watch was one of a dying breed, th
Crown of ThornsShe wakes up with red staining her pillow
and the taste of blood like iron in her mouth
It stains her teeth and leaks from her lips, and as she
rinses her mouth out, she can’t help thinking that
it’s better than dirt and ashes
it feels like she’s wearing a noose
of broken promises and shattered glass
that tightens around her throat with every day that passes
She nails a smile to her face
and doesn't let herself think the word dying
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