Just as the clock chimes midnight, the palms of your hands begin to sweat.

If something was going to happen, it would happen now, right? Midnight is, after all, the time in horror movies when everything goes wrong.

You sit in silence, and watch the clock. It feels like an eternity, watching the numbers.

You repeat it to yourself like a mantra: if something were to happen, it would happen at midnight. If it was going to happen, it would have happened already. Nothing's happening. Then a little voice appears in the back of your head.

Avalanches don't suddenly collapse entire mountains worth of snow. Floods don't begin when all the rain drops instantly. A car wreck can happen in an instant, but it can also be a loose bolt that shakes free at a certain speed and slowly but certainly begins a tragedy. Bad things don't always happen in an instant.

Sometimes bad things need a little time to get moving.

You check the clock.

What day is it again?