It started last Friday night. The girls were in bed. It was late. Mr. B and I were chatting in the kitchen, when we heard the bong of a clock, coming from the living room. We have an old clock. It once belonged to Mr. B's great-great-grandmother. His dad sent it home with us a couple of years ago. Most of the time, it sat on the fireplace blower in the family room. It hadn't worked in years. We'd thought about taking it somewhere to see if it could be fixed.
The hands are holding on by a pin.
Over Christmas, the clock was packed away. When I unpacked it, I leaned it against the piano in the living room... and forgot about it.
When we heard the Bong!, Mr. B and I rushed to the living room. Looking down, we saw our Siamese cat, Katie, looking up at us in an agitated way. "Oh, she must have hit it with her tail!" we thought. It freaked her out.
The next day, I heard the clock again. "Someone bump it?" I asked the husband. He had a strange look on his face. "No. The pendulum is swinging."
That night, I was checking on the girls in the bathtub. Suddenly, we heard a loud ringing, like an alarm clock. Only we no longer have an old-fashioned alarm clock. I followed the sound of the ringing. Sometime during the day, the husband had moved the clock to behind a chair. The ringing was coming from the clock. The pendulum was still swinging. The key that winds the timer(?) had rung as it unwound...
I set the clock. I hung it on the wall.
We have had to set the pendulum in motion once or twice, but
it works. And no one did a thing...
The clock reminds me of the clock from the first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock. At least, it reminds me of the one on the 1960s revision cover. There are three covers that I am aware of: the original blue edition from the 1930s, the late 1950s edition (which I have), and the most current (and most common) edition, reprinted in the mid-1960s.
I didn't find anything hidden in the clock. I couldn't even find a clockmaker's name.
But it's still mysterious... And on the hour, it's LOUD!
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