I’ve grown up in a very old house. You know, the kind where the floor, the wall, the cupboards…everything creaks. I’ve long been used to the creepy sounds they make. One interesting side-effect of growing up in such a house is that I’m never impressed by the so-called horror movies Hollywood churns out. If you really think about it, ninety percent of the scares are just that – creaky furniture. Hah. I’m not losing any sleep over that.

But, tonight’s different. I was jarred awake in the dead of night by something I’d never heard before.

Complete and utter silence.

When I look up, my eyes catch something pacing the room. Yet, I don’t hear the floor groan in complaint. It stops to scratch something onto the wall. But, the walls don’t screech.

As the silence becomes deafening, I slide back into bed, and pray for something…anything…to creak again.

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2 thoughts on “The Noise

  1. Oh… You think jump scares and creaky furniture are the only reserves Hollywood has for horror? Oh, no. The most effective scares come after the incredible sound of nothingness.

    If you hear silence, be afraid. Be very afraid. It’s the proverbial calm before the storm. Before the creatures of darkness jumps at you.

    That scare will be pretty intense. Unless the creatures have a hoarse, high pitched voice. Then you know you’re in a comedy, and you can breathe easy. 😉

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