Echoes in the Hour Hand by Ellen Durbin
The following is a featured 100-word story from the December Writing Challenge.
There was a ghost in the kitchen. This ghost was a worn, broken wristwatch. Unlike the new expensive one that the old man was wearing, this watch had echoes in the hour hand and secrets in the cogs. It came from another time when all was new. He felt as if he could see the hands turn backwards, watch seconds come back. Nonsense, you can’t fix what’s been broken for decades. He began to put it back amongst the knickknacks. But wait. Ticking. He drew it closer to his face and listened. It sounded like time hadn’t run out yet.