Time. Oh what tricks it plays. And we writers exploit them, if we can.
Manipulating those minutes on the page is a skill I struggle with. Sometimes I simply forget that I can be free to jump to a new moment. Sometimes I forget to take the time (so to speak) to describe events. We have to choose whether to be fast or slow.
We've heard Einstein's quote about how a minute seems different if one is suffering or savoring.
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.”
But that explanation is more like what fiction does than physics.
It's our job to make those different kinds of experiences work for our stories.