What was the first thing you looked at when you opened your eyes this morning? Your partner? That pile of clothes on the bedroom floor? The sun rising outside? No—if you’re like most people, the first thing you looked at was the clock. Right from that moment of waking, we measure our lives not in coffee spoons (as poet T.S. Eliot would have us believe), but in seconds, minutes and hours. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Nineteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story.