Tuesday, October 22, 2019

What's that Noise?


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if you heard a strange tapping (or settling) noise coming from the roof? And when you checked, it wasn't raining. 

(True story. It might happen more often, but usually I wouldn't be able to hear it over the din of students talking...)

16 comments:

  1. Someone working on the roof? Putting in a new roof does involve a lot of tapping :)

    betty

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  2. I'd be up in the attic, looking for the source.

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  3. Mice. Squirrels. Birds. Pine needles. Lots and lots of pine needles.

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  4. HAHA...I would say it was probably the squirrels on the roof throwing walnuts at my roof! Actually I had something like that happen before, it was squirrels, they were not pitter patting on the roof though, they were freak'n running in my attic space. If I had had a gun at that time I would have shot through the ceiling since they kept me awake.

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    1. It could have been squirrels in my case. Maybe. Although, I hope not in the ceiling. However, we were right next to PE, so I'm surprised that the kiddos outside didn't see anything.

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  5. Ha Ha that's happened and we'd call Pete the Possum man and say he's back! A cute (not) little possum got into our Aussie roof, and had a party chewing through the electrical cables. They are protected animals so you can try to catch them but they have to be released... so you can't take them too far away (strict laws) so you have to work out which of your neighbours will cope best with a wire eating rodent!!!

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  6. I almost would give it 97.3% chance I wouldn't be scared.

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  7. Ummmmm. I'm not going out to look but if they or it makes it inside they won't be making anymore noise. :D - Love these questions.

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  8. I hear those sorts of noises at my front door, especially during autumn. The changing temperatures and shifting sunlight cause shrinking and expansion of housing materials. I wonder if that's it. But I'm with Mimi. ~grin~ Fun questions.

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    1. That's really the only logical explanation. Because if it had been anything else, someone would have seen.

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  9. I would think mice and set traps but I have heard things in my home and offered no explanation. I heard footsteps and I was the only one here and nothing like that was on the tv except a kissing scene. My dog heard it and I was ready to throw my wine at the person but just when I thought I would see him, the footsteps stopped. Recently, we hear loud bangs and we check everywhere but can’t see anything out of place and the cats are sleeping or in the veranda

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  10. I would think some kind of vermin - mice, chipmunks, etc. had gotten into our attic, which is not easily accessible. I'd be thinking of the cost of hiring someone to get them out, and also hoping it wasn't bats.

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    1. In my case it wasn't (no attic), but that's better than ghosts...

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