“There has to be an explanation. I’ll bet it’s a simple one.” Phil ran his fingers through his short grey hair and stared at the ceiling for a moment.”
He looked around the room and his eyes settled on the clock. “You say this clock hasn’t moved since you’ve been here? Well if time has stopped…”
He looked into Alice’s eyes and he saw a light come on in her head.
“Then that would mean…”
Phil and Alice disappeared simultaneously. Brenda let out a loud gasp and Mike and the new woman sat with their mouths open.
“This is insanity. How can people just disappear?”
“How can they just appear in the first place, Miss…?”
“I’m sorry. Becky. Becky Miller. You’re right, but that just means this whole thing is crazy. How the hell did I get here?”
She beat her fist against her forehead for a moment. “Why can’t I remember where I was before I was here? Maybe that’s a clue.”
Mike nodded. “Yeah, we’ve all been trying to remember. I think you’re right, if we could figure out why we can’t remember that then maybe it would help.”
Brenda was staring off into space and didn’t seem to be paying attention but then she spoke up.
“Did you hear what Phil said right before they vanished? ‘If time has stopped.’ But has it? Or has it only stopped for us?”
Mike frowned. “Somehow I don’t think that was what mattered. I think he was going with the notion that time had, in fact, stopped. At least that would make the most sense. Then he and Alice got something from that and they both disappeared.”
“But how does that help? What did they realize?”
Becky stood up suddenly as the blood drained from her face.
“Oh my god…I think…listen, what does it mean when time stops? Don’t over think it, just go with it.”
Mike and Brenda considered it but as they did three more people appeared in various parts of the room.
“Guys, don’t get distracted. I think I know what’s going on. When does time stop for any person? When you’re dead!”, she hissed.
As one Mike, Brenda and Becky vanished. The three people who had just appeared looked at each other and then at the table where the other three had been sitting.
One of the men stood up and scratched his head.
“Where the hell are we?”
One of the others was still staring at the table. “And who were those people that just disappeared?”
They all began looking around the room.
“Hey, there aren’t any doors here.”
“Yeah, and the clock isn’t working.”