I could hear the ticking noise from bed, as I struggled to wake up.  At first I thought it was in my head--"tinnitus" or whatever it's called.  But the ticking seemed to be getting louder and faster and I could have sworn that I heard a knock on the door as well.

I begrudgingly crawled out of bed and opened the door to my room.  Nobody was there but when I looked down, I saw a white box with a red bow on it.  The ticking was obviously coming from inside the box.

This is some stupid joke, I thought.  Living with fourteen people doesn't come without it's share of silly surprises.  I was still afraid to open the box, though.  What if it was set to explode if I opened it?  What if it would explode if I didn't?

I hesitated for about fifteen more ticks before picking up the box.  I put it closer to my ear and the ticking seemed to travel through my entire body.  Unsure what to do with the box, I carried it outside to the stoop and left it there.  I went to my computer to email my roommates. For sure, one of them knew what this was all about.

Subject: Weird gift box with ticking noise?

Body: 

Hey guys, 

Not sure who left the weird box with the ticking noise outside of my bedroom door but it's on the stoop if you're-----

Before I could finish typing the sentence, I heard a loud bang.  Oh shit!  It really was an explosive!

I ran to the stoop to find the box in pieces and the rocking chair on the stoop on fire.  Inside of the box, I could see the remnants of what appeared to be an alarm clock.

There was also a piece of paper with writing next to the clock, but the words had melted together and I couldn't make them out.

Whatever the note said, it was for somebody that wasn't meant to be alive right now.