there was no watch that night
no watch no watch no watch
they were supposed to watch and they didnt they didnt
no watch no watch no watch
they were asleep fast asleep i think they were so heavily asleep that they didnt hear the enemy coming they didnt(more) hear the scream of metal as the gates fell they didnt hear the scream of people as they fell they didnt hear the scream of my mother as she fell or my sister as she was taken or my brother as he was stabbed or me as i hid
they werent watching they werent watching they werent watching
but i was i saw every second and now all i can do it watch behind closed eyes open eyes hallucinations and dreams that haunt me day in day out they didnt watch so i have to and i
hate them for it(less)
"Like this?" I took a deep breath and repeated the moves exactly as shown.
The tone grated on me as much at the words did. I told them I wasn't much of a dancer during the audition. They said it wasn't going to be a problem.
(more) She did the moves I just did. Ok, so she was more graceful than I was, she had the exaggerated poise of a professional dancer. That physicality that made each action look like she was using every muscle. I knew that I wasn't that good, but I was fine.
She stopped and looked at me like she had made an argument winning point, when it felt to me like someone just repeating their invalidate point.
"Ah ok. I see now."
I decided this time I wasn't going to do the moves, I was going to mock her doing the moves. There was no hope that I was going to get the part now that they saw that I wasn't the swan the expected, More like a fish.
I had a brief moment or preemptive guilt when I looked into her face. She seemed to have a genuine expectation that this time might be different. I had lost count how many times we had done this routine. Not the actual dance itself, but me failing, her repeating it flawlessly and me continuing to fail.
I took a deep breath and went for it. I even tried to copy the intense facial expressions she put on. I felt cruel and I felt ashamed that I was being mean to this person who had done nothing but try to help me.
"You need find out what time it is. When your brain processes that information, your biological clock will re-calibrate itself and you'll be returned to the future. Or the present, as you know it." the android says while injecting tachyon manipulators into my body.
(more) "Great. Travel to the distant past, detonate Hitler's bunker, and then look at a clock. Got it." I say with a smile, downplaying my nervousness.
"Remember, you have 30 seconds. If, for some reason, you fail to finish your assignment, you'll be trapped." the android finishes his programmed brief.
"Remind me how many people before me have actually killed Hitler?" I walk up to the transfer pod and stand right at the "sweet spot".
"Till date, 364 operatives have attempted the "Kill Hitler" mission, and 363 have succeeded. One operative was lost in the time stream." the android replies. He presses a key and initiates the process.
"Awesome. Nothing to fear then, except getting lost in the fourth dimension." I say, as a cloud of light surrounds my body.
When the cloud dissipates, I find myself outside Hitler's bunker. Immediately, my brain starts counting backwards from 30, and I try to calm my nerves, to slow the countdown. I'm standing in the middle of an icy forest. The sun is shining brightly above the tree tops. It's much more beautiful than how people describe it in my time. I push the detonator as I think about that. The explosion tears the bunker apart. But there are no corpses inside. I hear people running toward my location. I panic and try to escape, but end up running into a group of men led by Adolf Hitler.
"What's the time?" I quiver, hoping he'd answer.
He smiles and points to his bare wrist "Sorry, no watch."