The Seeker turns to the sound of the woman’s voice, “I’m sorry?”
“Well, it’s ticking you see . . . the clock.” She points behind her. “Can you hear that?”
“I don’t hear anything,” the Seeker whispers.
“Exactly! That’s the sound of time disappearing. The clock never stops ticking, always ticking . . .”
She trails off dreamily, her gaze caught in the hypnotic sway of the pendulum, as the clock works toward the quarterly chime.
The woman stares at the Seeker as though coming from a trance. “But now you hear it, don’t you?” she asks urgently. “The haunting rhythm of time marking passages of life disappearing.”
The Seeker nods warily, uncertain of her changing moods.
“I waited too long, but how quickly time flies and now here I am, Keeper of the Clock.” She sighs before suddenly brightening. “But it’s not too late for you! Make haste for the harbor before the ship sails.”
Whilst we were writing The Chronicles of Destiny we became quite attached to our characters, and one in particular stands out: The Keeper of the Clock, who appears in Chapter 13 - Time Flies, is one of our kookier creations. (Another unintentional quirk that the card depicting time landed on number 13 . . .) Although she passes on some words of wisdom to the Seeker, she’s a little bit of an oddball, and if you’d spent as long as she has listening intently to an endlessly ticking clock you’d probably be a tad strange too!
We had a lot of fun writing her fictional passage; reading her dialogue aloud in a dreamy voice and trying to decide which actress could portray her if this were a movie (we’re still contemplating that one).
The card is one of our timing indicators in the deck, whilst Chapter 49 – Calendar shows a lengthy period for a situation to manifest, Time Flies was named quite literally – things will happen quickly! As we all anxiously wait for The Chronicles of Destiny to arrive on our doorstep this card sits in our thoughts.