Ticking Clock

The Ticking Clock is a short horror tale submitted by MerrBearBallet. It tells the story a girl who is about to become the victim of a maniac.

The Ticking Clock

My name is Bridget. I have lived an ordinary life. I’ve never been in any danger before. My parents are quite well-off and I have a lot of friends who care about me. However, I only have an hour to live.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The ticking of the clock counts away the hours of my life. Right now, the clock reads five minutes to midnight.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

How could he have known that my mom and dad went out to a dinner party tonight?

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The incessant ticking of the clock is driving me insane.

It all began with the ornate vase that is sitting in the parlor downstairs. Yes, I know it sounds silly, but all of these events can be traced back to that one piece of pottery. Allow me to explain.

About a month ago, my parents took me to an antique fair. After browsing through the assortment of odds and ends for a while, we came to the auction room. The item that folks was up for bid was a beautiful vase. They said it was from Crete and it was engraved with the image of a Greek lady on the front.

My parents fell in love with the vase and decided to bid on it. The auction went on for a few minutes and the bidding got higher and higher. Eventually, my father outbid all the other collectors and we ended up taking the vase home with us.

As we walked away from the antique fair, a fat man approached us. He was sweating profusely and accosted my parents just as they were about to get into the car. His tone was urgent and he told my parents that he wished to buy the vase from us. He simply had to have it, he said and he would give us anything we wanted.

My stubborn parents refused to give up the artifact. He glared at us and spat on the ground as we walked to our car. I thought that would be the last we would ever see of that unpleasant man, but I was wrong.

Earlier this evening, I was checking my e-mails when I came across a message that read: “Give me the vase, or die at midnight.”

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The ticking clock reminds me of the sound of footsteps, getting closer and closer as midnight fast approaches.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Right now, the clock reads five minutes to midnight… But how can that be? It was five minutes to midnight when I started telling you my story.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

I check the clock. The minute hand is not moving. Taking the clock off the wall, I examine the inside. None of the gears are running, but still I hear the endless ticking of the clock.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Behind me, I hear the closet door swing open. Turning quickly, I see the fat man standing there, a sly smile on his sweaty face. He is tapping two sharp knives together.

Tick. Tick. Tick.


  1. HorrorFanGirl says

    Narrator: (starts blabbing and wasting time about how she’s going to die, when all she has to do is give him the damn vase)


  2. XxXFiercebadgerxXx323 says

    Oh man this was cool <3 Very interesting. Clocks are annoying. I love your website, sfk! I've been reading everything since a month ago and I just decided to join! :3

  3. DevilSister123 says

    OMG! I was scared out of my wits O_O. I mean ,imagine a random man in your closet at night almost midnight. U rreally set the scean good.

  4. Shadow_of_Darkness says

    I’m from Crete (well, that’s where my great-grandparents immigrated from, so I’m sort of from Crete, right?)!

  5. bullies are losers says

    now will you give me the vase or die vase is old you can get it take it and make it look like a robbery

  6. Xx_layla_xX12 says

    Scariest part? The pic.
    This isnt merrbear or whatever her name is’s story. Thanks but ive seen it posted MANY places.
    I hate when ppl say they have made something up when they havent -.-

  7. CrypticDolly13 says

    That would be a scary feeling!! That kinda freaks me out! Also who would get out of the house? Mabe give the police a call….

  8. Banana phone says

    Excellent story mear bear ballet this is one of the best I have ever seen but I agree with rage man it wasnt the kids fault

  9. Banana phone says

    creepy story that vase must of been really special so what happens next she dies :0

  10. WolfSpeaker~ says

    Congratulations MerrBearBallet! I love the story’s interesting twist with the ‘tick tick tick’ as the guy’s knives!! I just wonder why she never gave up the vase or called the cops or something and why he wanted the vase so bad he was prepared to KILL her….Either way, great job on the story, ;)

  11. nikkij120 says

    all that for a freakin’ vase?? really? The fat guy is pathetic!! Good story though!! CREEPY PIC…

  12. Icyblu4211 says

    1 star. Not very creepy, and instead of killing the girl, he could just burglarize the house. Do your homework.

  13. Paradise says

    Wow! Omg the guy REALLY WANTS THAT VASE! Gosh…I think he has a crush on the lady from Crete that was carved on front of it…

  14. imgianna says

     Good job! 
    BTW, let me explain: She said “5 minutes” for the 2nd time becuase the hands on the clock still didn’t move. Now do you people understand?

  15. ScaryFreaky says

    Sweet. But why does she tells the story now before midnight? Isn’t it weird?

  16. water-spirit says

    that is so cool! but why didn’t she report it to the police? I would have.

  17. killerkat101 says

    Great work this story is so creative and amazing I love the twist at the end

  18. Sonnet says

    Yesh it got posted!!! This story creeped me out when I read it in the Tell Me Your Story section. At first I thought it was some possessed clock but it was the fat guy tapping the knives together xD

  19. MerrBearBallet says

    @soulserenade- thanks!
    @Aurelia- I know, right? I always thought it a shame that the artisans who made such pieces were regarded only as commoners. They would have been quite surprised to learn how revered they are nowadays!

  20. Aurelia says

    Ooh a great chiller! That last bit about the ticking noise being the clack of knives was a great twist. But I have to wonder if they knew that they had only an hour to live, why they only just noticed that the clock wasn’t working. I would have been checking it constantly. They should have called the cops, the parents, or handed the vase over to the fat man! I like how you used Crete for the origins of the vase. The Minoans were a fascinating civilization.

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