The day always starts the same for every citizen in Lizard Valley. The citizens know this as they’re stuck in a constant time loop. In Lizard Park, Hannah and Clint sit on a bench with donuts in the middle. There are two cups of coffee. One on each side of the donut box. This is the ex-couple’s 25th day consecutively of starting their day on the bench. Citizens’ days always start the same, but they are free to do whatever as the day goes along. It’s still awkward between the two. Clint has on a gray hoodie with gray sweatpants with black tennis shoes. Hannah has on blue jeans with a white jacket and white tennis shoes. Her blonde hair is in a ponytail and her skin is tan. Clint has short blonde hair and pale skin. They’re both in athletic shape.
Hannah grabs her cup of coffee and takes a sip.
“It’s bad that we’re getting used to this,” she says.
“Yeah, it is,” says Clint.
Hannah looks at Clint and smiles.
“We should go to the club tonight and have a good time.”
Clint is hesitant at the thought, but then agrees.
“Yeah. Maybe it wouldn’t be too bad.”
Hannah sees Clint’s reluctance.
“You don’t gotta go.”
“No, no, it would be fun.”
Clint still has feelings for Hannah. Hannah seems to have moved on. Clint’s trying to overcome those feelings. Clint grabs his cup of coffee and holds it with both hands.
“I’ll go. I need to get out.”
They both smile at each other. Hannah relaxes and sits against the bench.
“You know the first few days we kept starting at the same point in time were rough. But, now, we’re used to it and it’s helped us to be close again.”
Clint takes a sip of his coffee.
“Yeah,” Clint replies.
Hannah looks at Clint with a look of concern.
“Do you think this time loop will ever end?”
Clint looks back at her with worry.
“I don’t know.”
They both look ahead to the pond that has a fountain in the middle. There are piers where people can stand closer to the water. The pond is huge and stretches out deep into the park. Hannah grabs a donut and stands up from the bench.
“Well, I’ll see you tonight, right?”
Clint looks at her and nods.
“Yes, I’ll be there.”
“Ok. I’ll see you then!”
Clint is at home going through his closet deciding what to wear for the evening. While he looks, he listens to a podcast from Professor Kearns about the town of Lizard Valley.
“I don’t have a clue what’s going on with this town. It’s its own time anomaly.”
Clint pulls out a white dress shirt and looks over it.
“What caused this? I’m in wonder of how this come to be. How this bubble covers the whole town?”
Clint pulls out a gray tie to match with the white dress shirt.
“It’s like the town has become an alternate version of itself.”
Clint looks at the radio and start to dress up for the club. After dressing up, Clint goes to his car and sits inside. Before sticking the key in the ignition, he ponders whether he should go to the club or not. He shakes his head–thinking he can do this. He drives to the club that has a neon sign of a gigantic lizard. He parks his car in a parking lot filled with vehicles. He looks around for Hannah’s vehicle, but he doesn’t see it. He walks to the entrance where he shows the bodyguard his I.D. in order to get inside. He gets pass the guard, then heads to the dance floor slowly. He stops suddenly before entering the crowd of dancing people. He sees Hannah dancing in the middle of the floor. She has her blonde hair down and it flows with her dance movements. She has on a black dress that swings back and forth. She seems happy. He feels like he’s going to ruin it. He turns around and leaves. He gets in his car and he heads to Lizard Park. He walks towards the pond where he walks out to one of the piers. He stares at the fountain with the feeling that he’s trapped in a scenario that he can’t handle. He doesn’t want to wake up every day next to the person that is his ex. He wishes things were different. All of a sudden, a white portal forms underneath his feet. He starts falling rapidly.
He lands hard onto a smooth, gray floor. Two guys are standing over him. Clint grimaces in pain and looks up.
“Damn, dude. We should’ve put a mattress there.”
Clint looks at them frightened.