Your Leap Hour
Every year, we turn the clocks back one hour in the fall. If you’re in the midwest, you experience 1:00-1:59 twice, and then you carry on as if nothing happened.
But what if something different happened during that hour? What if that hour was a freebie, a blip in time, an hour that happens but isn’t “real”? What would you do with that hour?
I’m over in Ireland working on a story that I’ve been playing around with for a week (I took the photo on the right while writing tonight in my castle hotel). I have a myriad of concepts and characters I’m piecing together for a series of connected stories ala A Visit from the Goon Squad, but I’m curious about what you’d do with that leap hour. Who knows, your brilliant idea might end up in the book (I’ll give you a concealed credit).
So here are the rules behind the leap hour:
- It’s a real hour that happens to everyone at the same time every year. However, it takes place in an alternate timeline, kind of in a bubble of reality that is completely separate from the reality you experience and perceive every day.
- You do not remember anything that happens during the leap hour. In your primary timeline, you see the clock turn from 12:59 to 1:00 without knowing that there’s an extra hour in there (you only know that hour exists because scientists have proven it to you).
- Nothing that happens during the hour has any consequence on real time. For example, in the alternate timeline, you could go streaking through the streets of St. Louis, be seen by tons of people (perhaps they’re doing the same thing), and be caught by traffic cameras everywhere…but when the hour is up, you’re sitting on your couch like you were before, with no memories or evidence that you went streaking. It simply doesn’t exist as an event that happened in your life.
So basically, a freebie hour when you can do anything you want and yet you won’t remember it. What would you do?