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The Voice

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If you ever are in an area of absolute quiet, still your breathing and move not a muscle. After a few seconds, you will notice that the silence has a sort of “sound” of its own, a kind of empty ringing tone. This is nothing unique; everyone will hear this, given the proper setting. An informed person will tell you that your brain is trying to interpret the lack of stimuli to your hearing and so creates a bit of a filler sound. This ringing sound actually serves a more arcane purpose, covering up a noise we are not meant to hear. This noise is not impossible to hear, and if you are persistent you can effectively “break” the cover-up sound.

The next time you are silent and hear the ringing, shout at the top of your lungs for about half a minute, then be abruptly silent. It will be different for everyone. Some will hear nothing different for dozens of tries. Others might pick up soft murmuring. A special few auditory heroes might clearly make it out on the first attempt. What you will hear is a voice that relays an account of events about to happen in the immediate future. It’s like a sportscaster relaying the events occurring 10 seconds into the future.

As time goes on, you will be able to make out this voice under increasingly noisy circumstances, to the point that it can be heard at any time by just concentrating. Such ability would doubtlessly be invaluable, no? You will be able react to any immediate danger, relate to people around you with greater ease. No one would ever surprise you. Now, of course you are wondering what sort of horrible catch this ability entails. Perhaps the tone of the voice is so horrible that it will drive you mad, or maybe the voice will only predict your death over and over again.


Of course this isn’t the case, though, it’s a normal voice, your ears receive it no matter what, and it’s simply a matter of noticing. But there is a danger. For you see, where there is a voice, there is a body. And just like you will notice new sounds, so shall you notice new sights. More importantly, you will be noticed.


Seems to be a more fleshed-out version of The Ringing, and since I really love the concept of that one, I wanted to post this one as well. Which do you prefer?

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35 thoughts on “The Voice”

  1. i like this micro pasta. it is very interesting, almost realistic. I am thinking of writing a creepypasta when i have enough free time…..

  2. Being noticed by a well-informed newscaster isn’t utterly creepy to me :-) But having a voice constantly telling me what is about to happen, useful or not, would be annoying as hell (just imagine bedtime: “you will fail to fall asleep because you hear a voice keeping you awake, you will fail to fall asleep…”)

  3. I tried this and it worked. I was able to hear voices talking to me. Also banging on the walls and ceiling of my apartment. The voices aren’t what I expected though. They just keep shouting “Shut up!” over and over…

  4. I have heard murmurs all my life. Then I went to college for zoology and learned why. It has to do with the otoliths in your inner ear. We are geared to pick up on distant threats. Our brains pick up the hum of things are lizard brain was not meant to hear like the fridge n interprets them as a tiger in the bushes. Only the deaf have complete silence. But, it still creeps me out every day.

  5. This is amazing, and I want to try the voice thing, but my mind is always playing music even when I don’t want it to, so I’m never in complete silence

  6. This is weird because about a month ago when I was having horrible headaches (having to be hospitilized for it) and one day when I was staying home from school and I swear I heard Obama giving a speech and people cheering. No radio going, only an instrumental CD playing. And at a soft volume, not too loud……

    freaky stuff man….

  7. I hear a ringing sound instead of silence and if I had read this two years ago before I knew it was tinnitus it would have scared the crap out of me…. well if it had had a better ending. Great original idea though, could be made scarier with better execution.

  8. It’s called tinnitus, and I can tell ya, it’s the worst thing ever. You can’t hear the silence, all you ever hear is the f***ing ringing, and it never stops.

  9. I think I like this one more. It makes me want to try it, while the other one didn’t. It’s more believable, like Bryan said.

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