Spatial Scream by Derin Attwood

They say that in space no-one can hear you scream. Does that make space the noisiest place in the universe? It could be, but of course would any-one know?

Darius decided to find out so he sprouted wings and flew to the moon. When he got there, there was nothing to scream about and no-one to scream to. But as he flew around looking for inspiration, he saw a thought as it entered his head. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

He raced back to earth to find a falling tree to listen to. But all he found were those still standing and those already fallen, and as much as he asked, no-one and nothing could or would tell him if there had been noise. After a long search, he returned to the moon.

On the way he looked back and saw a tree falling, but he was in space and he didn’t know if the tree made no sound, or if its scream hadn’t made it into space.

Darius was so annoyed he had missed it he screamed, but he didn’t hear the scream and he didn’t know if it was because he was in space or if he had suddenly become deaf.

Then he had a horrible thought. If no one sees you, are you really there? And he wondered if the reason he hadn’t heard his scream was because he didn’t really exist.

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18 responses to “Spatial Scream by Derin Attwood

  1. The eternal question– given a character in flight here. very nicely done, and whimsical, for such a heavy topic.

  2. Descartes in space. Nice one!

    • Derin Attwood

      My daughters favourite song as a child was ‘The philosophers Drinking Song’. She was intrigued by Descartes, and went on to study him. (I don’t know how she heard the song, but I did learn that she had a brilliant memory).

  3. As Susan said, the ultimate question put through in an appealing way.

  4. Kim Hutchinson

    A challenging idea for the take on this theme. Kudos to you!

  5. Probing deep (unanswerable?) questions, just superb for a writer, and to fit this to the theme of “silence” is a great concept. Way to make me ponder, and to pause.

    • Derin Attwood

      Thanks for your comment. I love un/ponderable questions and statements. Answering them is always fun, even if at the end of it, you have as many questions left as you did at the start. Thanks for reading.

  6. grey johnson

    Derrin, that was a great bit of writing, and I read it, so it must exist. Unless I am seeing things.

  7. Great setting of being in space. Most of all, you have me pondering the question of existence. Peace…

    • Derin Attwood

      Thanks for reading. I’m pleased you enjoyed it. I so enjoyed writing it, and when it is read, that makes it real and worthwhile.

  8. kelly

    that was fun. And I’d like to hear more about Darius’s hopefully continuing adventures. If he exists, that is…

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  10. Barbara Lucy Hosken

    I’m reading them all at once – only just discovered the trick! Lovel the idea. Like the tree in the qual observed by yours failthfully god!

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