“Nick of Time”–Or, a Three-Month Holiday Promotion!

In a second-season Twilight Zone episode titled “Nick of Time,” newlyweds Don and Pat Carter, on a honeymoon trip cross country to New York City, are temporarily stranded in the small town of Ridgeview, Ohio, while their car is repaired.  With several hours to kill, they enter a nondescript diner.

As they sit down at a booth, they notice a “mystic seer”–a penny fortune-telling machine.  “Ask me a Yes/No question,” the machine reads.  “One cent per question.”

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Don, up for a promotion at his place of employment and obsessing over the outcome, honeymoon or no, inserts a penny and asks the machine about it.  Has he been promoted at work?  He presses down on the lever, causing the machine to jingle, and a slip of paper spits out.

“It has been decided in your favor,” the slip reads.

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Don decides to make a long-distance call back home, to the office, to find out if this is really true.  It is.  He’s made it.

“And he knew,” Don says, sitting back down at the booth, pointing at the mystic seer.

Amused, he decides to ask the fortune-teller another question.  Would they really have to wait four hours for their car to be fixed?

“You may never know,” the machine responds.

Taken aback, Don asks more questions.  The answers are cryptic, threatening even, but they always fit, always make sense.  He grows more frantic, while his wife becomes concerned.  Why is he taking this thing so seriously?

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The seer suggests they should remain in the diner until three o’clock.  Looking at his watch, Don sees it’s only quarter after two.

“If we don’t stay here till three, something bad will happen to us?” he asks the seer.

The machine answers, “Do you dare to find out?”

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With each answer, Don’s wife grows more upset.  “Let’s go,” she says.  But Don stalls, says he hasn’t finished eating, hasn’t ordered ice cream yet.  Finally, at five minutes before three, Pat coaxes him to leave the diner.

As they walk outside and cross the street, a car nearly runs into them.  They escape unscathed, but it was a close call.  Don looks at the church tower clock across the street as soon as they reach safety.  Exactly three o’clock–just as the seer warned.

He convinces his wife to go back inside the diner.  Why is the machine so accurate?  He is determined to find out.

“You don’t really think that gizmo can foretell the future, do you?” Pat asks him once they’re back inside.

“Well, it foretold ours,” he says.

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She refutes this, saying it was Don himself who provided the machine with the details.  All the seer did was churn out vague generalities.

Don asks the machine if it knows about the car that almost hit them.

“What do you think?” the ejected card reads, in response.

He then asks if it will still take four hours for their car to be fixed.

“It has already been taken care of,” the seer responds.  Not a minute later the mechanic from across the street steps inside and tell them, by a stroke of luck, the part he needed turned up, and their car is all set.

Once again, the “mystic seer” is proven to be right.

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Pat is still unconvinced.  Don tells her to ask the seer a few questions.  She tries to trick the machine, asking if they’ll reach Columbus by tomorrow, even though they don’t plan on driving through Columbus at all.

In response, the seer answers, “If that’s what you really want.”

Question by question, Pat becomes more agitated, more unglued.

“It’s not possible to foretell the future, is it?” she asks.

“That’s up to you to find out,” the machine replies.

“You’re just a stupid piece of junk, aren’t you?” Pat shouts.

The seer answers, “It all depends on your point of view.”

That does it.  Pat has had it.  She tells Don they need to leave, that he can’t let this machine run his life for him.

He is torn.  The machine is predicting his future!  How can he just walk away?

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His wife implores him.  She tells him he can decide his own life.  He doesn’t need some penny fortune-telling machine to decide it for him.  “I don’t want to know what’s gonna happen,” she says.  “I want us to make it happen.”  It is up to them to make the most of their lives, to determine the roads and byways they travel along.

Don understands.  He gets up, tells the seer they will go where they want to go, whenever they please.  He has been freed from the grip of fear and superstition . . .  in the “nick of time.”

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If there were in fact a “mystic seer” available to me, I might even now know who will win The Eye-Dancers promotion that runs today straight through the holiday season, and into 2015.  As it is, it will have to remain a mystery until the promotion ends.

The details of the promotion are simple.  Between today’s date and January 4, 2015, if fifty copies of The Eye-Dancers are sold, a winner will be chosen to win a $125 gift card to a retailer of their choosing.  Amazon?  B & N?  A favorite restaurant or department store?  The choice is yours.

Beginning today (October 12) and ending January 4, 2015, if you buy The Eye-Dancers, wherever it is sold, in either paperback or ebook format, please notify me–either with a comment on this website, or via email at michaelf424@gmail.com.  I will keep track of  each person who buys the book during this time frame and then, on Monday, January 5, 2015 , the day after the promotion ends, I will randomly select the winner of the $125 gift card–provided, of course, that fifty copies of the book have sold during the promotional period.

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The Eye-Dancers, the ebook, is available for purchase at the following online retail locations . . .

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eye-dancers-michael-s-fedison/1113839272?ean=2940015770261

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255348

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/books/The-Eye-Dancers/nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg

And The Eye-Dancers, the paperback is sold at . . .

Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-Michael-S-Fedison/dp/0692262784/ref=tmm_pap_title_0/190-9007348-1553839

and CreateSpace, https://www.createspace.com/4920627

 

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Even without the aid of the Twilight Zone‘s “mystic seer,” I hope you’ll take part in this promo!

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Thanks so much for reading!

–Mike

 

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. renxkyoko
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:07:09

    I saw that episode !

    About your book, is it sold at B & N bookstores ? ( not online )

    Reply

  2. Lyn
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:42:49

    I remember that episode. Pretty spooky really. We know that “Don” didn’t get to go to New York. He went boldly where no one has gone before 🙂

    Reply

  3. stockdalewolfe
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 10:48:54

    Great episode! Thanks for the memories and good luck with your promotion!

    Reply

  4. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 13:12:00

    Yes, I saw that episode, too, but your write-up brought back the intensity of that time period. Good luck with your promotion, Mike. I’d enter, but I already have your book. 🙂

    Reply

  5. John W. Howell
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 13:12:56

    Thanks for bringing this one back. Good luck on the promotion. (really interested in how it come out) Bought the book (today) and look forward to reading it.

    Reply

  6. evelyneholingue
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 02:31:10

    Already got you book, Mike! Good luck, everyone!

    Reply

  7. Andrea Stephenson
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 10:17:25

    Good luck with the promotion Mike, but I already have your book.

    Reply

  8. teagan geneviene
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 10:20:45

    Mike, “Time” seems to be a resonating theme for a lot of us right now. Maybe it’s the change of seasons…
    The Twilight Zone made an early impact on my creativity and even my thought process. I recalled this episode clearly as you walked me down the lane of memory. Even that early on, Shatner was a natural at playing someone obsessed. I love the look in his eyes in the photo you used. LOL 😀
    Have fun with your promotion. Hugs!

    Reply

  9. Sherri
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 13:18:31

    Love that Twilight episode, thanks so much for reminding me of it once again! I already have your book Mike (and still on the list to read!) but wish you every success with your promotion 🙂

    Reply

  10. AGentleandQuietSpirit
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 18:20:04

    Great story! I love how you break down the Twilight Zones. Really fun. I hope your promo goes well. I have your extra fun book already! Always fun reading your posts!

    Reply

  11. jjspina
    Oct 14, 2014 @ 00:27:55

    Love your book! Best of luck with your promotion. Great post, Mike!

    Reply

  12. Shelley
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 05:27:44

    Boo! Bought mine over a year ago. Good luck to everyone else though! 🙂

    Reply

  13. likeitiz
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 06:02:57

    Love Twilight Zone, Michael. Wait, is that Captain Kirk?

    Reply

  14. De Divah Deals
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 01:53:33

    As much as I love The Twilight Zone and watch the marathons twice per year, this is the only episode that I don’t like…interesting huh. Well anywho, great giveaway and good luck to all the entrants.

    Reply

  15. Russel Ray Photos
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 20:16:21

    Captain Kirk before he was Captain Kirk!

    Reply

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