We writers tend to have vivid imaginations… especially when it’s night time and we’re alone in the house. This is a true story from May of 2014. See if you can figure out the actual solution to this mystery. OR… how would you WRITE the solution?
My ears are more finely tuned to spooky unknown sounds at night when my wife is out of town.
I had just gotten into bed, around midnight, when I heard this repeated eerie sound, Tap…clack-click. It seemed to be coming from the bathroom, the door of which I had just closed (as I always do before retiring).
It wasn’t King Sipper (our cat), because he was up on the bed beside me.
It was not a distant train.
Turned off my ‘white noise’ machine and listened closely.
It was definitely coming from the bathroom, and apparently from the other side of the door my face was presently pressed against. I don’t know Morse, but I knew this was no S-O-S. But what was it?
Here are some of the suggested solutions to my mystery that I’ve already received. Add yours to the mix and I’ll return later tonight (or tomorrow morning) to tell y’all the REAL solution.
* walls cooling down
* tap dancing cockroach
* dripping faucet
* battery operated grandkid’s toy
* branch tapping against a window
* Poe’s story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” come to life
* And my favorite of the suggested solutions: attempted communication from aliens who use the old-fashioned “tap….clack-click” language.
Add your possible solution in the comments section and I’ll return later tonight (or tomorrow morning) to tell y’all the REAL solution.
As we authors are composing scenes, let’s not be too quick to end them prematurely. Sometimes the characters can take us in a totally different direction.
Jeff Salter, who has written 12 novels and five novellas, already has 14 fiction titles released with three royalty publishers. His most recent is “The Duchess of Earl” released in mid-July by Clean Reads. Two more titles are due out this year and he has several works in progress.