Will lives life on the edge, not used to having more than a few hours of time left and still taking enormous gambles with it, both when he doesn’t have it and when he does. After a man gives him a century of life, he promptly goes out and “lives it large” among the rich and powerful, paying for a suite, purchasing an expensive car (it costs him fifty years), and then gambling all but a few seconds away on a card game that leaves him with way more hours than he started out with. He tempts Sylvia to skinny dip, stating his incredulousness that she lives on the edge of the gorgeous ocean and has never swam in it before, then takes her hostage when the cops show up to arrest him. The pair of them start out merely attempting to escape arrest, buying and trading time, and then wind up holding up time banks so they can distribute more hours to the poor and underprivileged people from his “zone.” Will doesn’t understand how anyone could “live with themselves, watching people dying right next to them.” He is over-generous and makes emotional decisions, even offering the girl he loves his last few seconds in the hope that she can make it out of a bad situation alive. He rarely thinks about his future, or what will happen tomorrow, and his foolish giving of a decade to his best friend causes his friend to “drink himself to death.”

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Will winds up helping people all the time, even total strangers who do stupid things like flash their time around in a bad neighborhood, and he doesn’t expect them to pay him back until he needs help himself. He gives away so much of his time, he doesn’t have much left for himself—he used up almost all of his first year when he turned 25 paying off his mother’s debts, and even gives four hours to a Time Keeper for no reason other than morality (“they live day to day… and could get killed here in the zone”). Given the chance to pay back bad people, he chooses to distribute the time rather than keep it for himself, in a Robin Hood-esque alter ego of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. He feels moral outrage that some people get to live forever, while others barely last twenty-five years.