Friday Drabble: 3:16 a.m.

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3:16 a.m.

He was still, squinting in the dark, as if it might help his hearing.

Again. He’d woken up all week at the same time hearing a muffled voice. It sounded like an off-tuned radio, but he couldn’t determine the source. He’d strain to pick up words, but they wouldn’t form.

He knew he wasn’t crazy, and slowly a question formed in his mind. God? Could God really be speaking to him? Psalms said, “Be still, and know that I am God.” He calmed himself and opened his heart.

And found God isn’t the only thing that speaks in the dark.

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13 thoughts on “Friday Drabble: 3:16 a.m.

  1. Demons, perhaps? Or, just an old filling in a tooth picking up almost audible radio broadcasts, this has happened to me in the past. Oh, both the demons and the radio – once saved, demons vacate, tooth pulled and no more transmissions.

  2. Dammit, Steve, I was just getting over the vivid zombie nightmare I had the other night, following the all-night listening for rats in the house. Now you’re going to have me listening for voices that I hope are figments of my imagination. (“Go away! I don’t hear you! Lalala!”)

    • HG — the worst part was that I wrote this out on Thursday and left the file open when I went to bed, figuring I’d re-read with a fresh eye on Friday morning, tweak if necessary and post.

      Well — I wake up in the middle of the night again, hearing sounds (it was the wind making the tree brush into the house). I turn off the light and the time was (no lie) 3:17. I then convinced myself that when I got back to the computer in the morning there’d be an extra line to the story that read:

      THAT’S RIGHT, STEVE, THERE ARE OTHER THINGS! AND WE WERE HERE!!

      (fortunately, that wasn’t the case… whew)

  3. They should put you in a suit and pipe and have you tell scary tales just before reruns of the Twilight Zone, Steve. That was spooky.

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