It was the day they changed the clocks.
Men from the Ministry marched up and down the streets in their dark suits. They took down the old faces and replaced them with new ones that had strange symbols and hands that moved to unfamiliar rhythms. Later, there would be an announcement explaining to read the new timepieces, but it was impossible to say when.
Most people stayed inside and hidden on Clockchanging Day, but he liked to watch them work. He was fascinated by the new puzzle each change brought. He wondered who in the Ministry got to design them.

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