It happened one day.
A pulse; that rhythmic beat of life…
The Wall was alive.
A wall, incredulous to believe it, had become self-aware.
“I’m a wall,” said the Wall.
He was rather observant for a wall and rather unique too. For example, most walls are lifeless, but this wall however, was very conscious. The wall was also a he, although, to look at him you’d not have know, for walls are kind of quiet and androgynous.
“Call me Ziggy Stardust,” he said in English and the Wall laughed.
He had heard Starman a long time ago, long before he ever existed. This is the music of my ancestors, thought the Wall. “Yes, yes,” he said, nodding. “The sweet music of my ancestors.”
At that point a spider hurriedly crawled across him.
“How do?” asked the Wall.
The spider didn’t respond and disappeared into some small crevice in the corner.
The Wall smiled. “Funny little creatures, aren’t they, spiders?”
And that was that.
He noticed that there was no response to his open question. The house was empty and, well, no-one can hear inanimate objects talk. Only, the Wall reasoned, isn’t that a contradiction?
I am a wall, he said, in his head. I am the Wall. I can think. I am thinking. Therefore, surely that lamp over there heard me?
“Lamp, lamp! What say you of spiders?”
The lamp said nothing in response; didn’t as much as flicker into life. It just sat there, on the sideboard, waiting to be switched on like it did every other day.
The Wall couldn’t figure out if the lamp didn’t want to talk or couldn’t talk.
He waited for a response.
Do lamps think, he pondered. Maybe they do, but, and this was an epiphany, he realised no sound came from his mouth. The lamp hadn’t actually heard him.
“I do not have a mouth,” he said, somewhat perplexed. He could talk in his head and it resulted in no sound. He could talk out loud and again no sound.
“Wow,” said the Wall, who would have scratched the ceiling if he had fingers. “That’s a headache of a situation.”
“Hello!” he shouted, trying to manufacture a mouth he did not have. But nothing could be heard. A Siberian tree falling in another world is louder.
The Wall was sad. He looked on the other side of the wall and into the big mirror, which sat just above the fireplace.
It saw that it was nothing more than just a wall.
Just a wall.
He sighed and pondered for a moment.
The Wall started to whistle.
If you could hear it, it was to the tune of Let’s Dance.
“… put on your red shoes.”