John Coxon (johncoxon) wrote in hitchhiker100,
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Planetary Timescales

Title: Planetary Timescales
Rating: U
Fandom: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Person/People/Thing(s): The narrator.
Disclaimer: This character (if you can call it one) does not belong to me and I am using it entirely without permission.
Word Count: 100
Done for: The first line challenge on hitchhiker100.
Notes: I won't say which famous book the first line was taken from. See if you can guess.

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Of course, since I'm describing a different planet, it was not exactly April, because April does not exist in their frame of reference. It is merely the fourth segment of twelve in their planet's orbit.

Also, the clocks were not exactly clocks, but animals who grunt every time a quarter-hour has passed. As the planet takes forty-seven hours to rotate on its axis as opposed to the Earth's twenty-four, thirteen is a perfectly natural time measurement.

I would start again but I've run out of space.
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