The Self Made Man
Science fiction short story
I could have recounted a little tale if he'd cared to hear, all about curiosity twisting the cat ...
People are only supposed to get one bite at the pie; that single chance, do or die. But not Timers, who can grimly restart again and again, as many times as it takes.
The Self Made Man can be enjoyed as part of Orotund: Collected Short Stories Volume Two.