Friday, May 22, 2009

Define: Horrified

I came out of my bedroom at my aunt's to send a late night e-mail. It was approximately 11:45, the lights were out. I looked down, and saw SOMETHING CRAWLING TOWARD ME. I knew that it was a bug because it wasn't that big, but it was so big that I could see it IN THE DARK. I freaked out and ran to the bathroom and turned the light on. The bug stopped near the door, and I ventured a look. About 8 million legs, and stinking ginormous. I put a paper cup over it (luckily there were some in the bathroom), and after mustering up some courage, tried to trap it between another cup. It went fine, until it got out. I let out a muffled screech and leaped back. The bug made a break for my aunt's room (it was FAST), so I put a cup on it again. I know, I know, just smush it! But you didn't see it. There was NO. WAY. I was cleaning that up. I got a piece mountain of paper to put under the cup, and got it on there. But then I didn't know what to do with it. My first instinct is to flush, but I was honestly afraid it would come back out of the toilet before it got flushed. And there was no way I was going to deal with a wet giant bug. I took it to the door, opened the door, and threw the cup and paper and slammed the door shut. After I was satisfied that it was not going to ambush me when I opened the door, I grabbed the cup and paper (making sure not to touch the parts that the bug did), and threw away the cup and the top sheet of paper.

If you're interested, I discovered that it was a house centipede. I do not recommend looking. And just for the record, it was at least two inches long (the body, not including the legs). Not like the little pansy one in the picture on wikipedia.


Sara Luke said...

In our apartment, we would get these caterpillar things that we looked up and identified . . . and online it said they only lived in tropical areas. Hmmm . . .

But seriously, they were ugly. I've never seen anything like them since.