Eve was deep inside an empty cave when she found the pocket watch. She almost stepped on it, but jerked her foot back as she saw a glimmer of gold on the rocky surface.
Excited because she had never found anything valuable during her spelunking excursions, she snatched up the watch. When her helmet light illuminated it, she could see it was ancient.
To her surprise, she also saw that it was ticking.
That evening, Eve sat in her apartment, examining the pocket watch and trying to figure out how to set it to the correct time.
There was a little button at the top, and when she pressed it, the hands came to a halt.
That's when she noticed that everything had gone quiet; the TV in the other room was no longer blaring and she didn't hear the usual sounds of honking and kids playing outside.
"Strange," Eve muttered, walking to the window. She peered outside and saw a very strange sight indeed. Every person, animal, and car seemed to have stopped dead in their tracks.
Her heart pounded as her brain tried to comprehend what she was seeing. Suddenly, Eve remembered that old *Twilight Zone* episode and grabbed the watch.
She pressed the button again and everything sprang back to life.
Eve grew very fond of that pocket watch. She never particularly liked people, and now she could shut them up entirely for however long she wanted.
She used the watch to stop time for days, weeks, and finally months at a time, enjoying the peacefulness and freedom. One day, she pressed the button and left time paused for nearly 20 years.
She relished the solitude during those two decades. She took whatever she desired. She went to public spots that were always too crowded to enjoy before.
She felt so lucky that she could cheat time.
But finally, the day came when Eve missed people. She figured she'd unfreeze everything for a year, and then go back to living in isolation.
She sat in her apartment, looking out the window as she pressed the button on the pocket watch. The world that had been frozen for 20 years jolted to life.
Eve realized she suddenly felt different; her joints were aching and she was hunching over. She turned towards the nearest mirror and screamed at what she saw.
Instead of her 40 year-old face, a frail old woman looked back. Time had caught up with her.
She dove for the watch and immediately pressed the button again – she didn't want to age another second.
Eve took a hot shower that night, cringing at her wrinkled aching body.
She started to step out of the shower when she slipped and fell, slamming her head against the side of the bathtub with a loud crack.
She lay there, feeling a warm puddle of blood ooze around her. As the world started to slip away, she had one thought: *who's going to start the watch up again?*