The Voice

voices want to sleep


I talk out loud when I sleep because I bite my tongue when I’m awake!”


The midweek word-prompt Hybrid, over at our other site was chosen by my partner GC. So, why hybrid? Probably because I’m a bit of a cheat!

For example, if the challenge was a photo challenge I often turned it into a word-prompt and vice versa.  So, we thought why not let you choose how you would like to interpret the prompt/challenge, you could even combine the two and turn it into a hybrid.

When GC chose the word-prompt, I was already halfway through writing my post, you see I thought it was going to be something else, so now I’m not sure how I can incorporate it, ah well, I suppose I could cheat!

Voices in my head

Does anyone else hear voices in their head as they’re going off to sleep. No? Just me then!

The other day, as usual, I was awake very early, a little while later I began nodding off again, that is until the voice woke me up with a question – “Why are they always from Selby?

Before going back to sleep I wrote down the question, settling back to sleep, the voice asked another, Is this how we left it?” I reached out and jotted down the new question.

Eventually, I fell asleep without further disturbance from the voice. So what is the voice, is it the start of a dream? I suppose the worry is I might start talking back, on the other hand, isn’t that what we call sleep-talking?

The questions haunted me throughout the day. The Selby one for instance, who are they?

Once, many years ago I visited Selby. It’s only an hour’s drive from here, but I never hear anything about the town or know of anyone visiting it, though there was that horrific train crash almost twenty years ago and obviously that hit the news.

A land rover veered off the motorway and onto the line below, was hit by an oncoming train, the train was derailed and subsequently hit by a goods train coming from the opposite direction.

selby abbey

Selby, in North Yorkshire, has an Abbey, and a little research told me that it was founded in 1069 AD and is still in use today. The town itself dates back to the Vikings and is the birthplace of King Henry I, fourth son of William the Conqueror.

Sounds to me like Selby has just become a lot more interesting, perhaps I might visit after all!

© June 2018 – In response to the word-prompt Hybrid from


17 thoughts on “The Voice

  1. I often hear many things before dropping off to sleep. Anything from running water to birds chirping. Of course, it wakes me suddenly and just as sudden, the sounds stop. It doesn’t happen to often, but it can be scary when it does.

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    1. Oh Peter, only half this popped up on the screen and my mind was working overtime. Dates…? Yes,yes, I think there was a battle, oh dear which one is he referring to? Love it, you never fail to make me smile. Thank you

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  2. I hear voices quite often, I usually ignore them 😀
    If that’s a photo of the Abbey I can’t imagine the size of the local Cathedral. That is huge I’d like to go inside it. Loved going into the Cathedrals when I was in England in 05. Must be the atheist in me. 😈

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    1. My late husband used to ignore voices… usually mine! 😀 One of my daughters is an atheist (so she insists) but if we happen to be near an old church, abbey or cathedral we always have to go inside. I think it’s the beauty and the sense of history that draws her in.

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