By Rebecca Todd
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:16 PM EDT
But that didn't help much when I came up against him; the granddaddy of all centipedes; the big kehunah of creepiness.
I named him Bob.
Bob and I ran across each other when I was vacuuming my daughter's room. Apparently, Bob was disturbed from his sleep and was none too happy about it. He skittered around a chair and glared at me. At least, I think he was glaring. I'm not so sure where Bob's eyes are.
Slowly, with no sudden moves, I reached for the hose attachment and hooked it up to the vacuum. So armed, I moved toward Bob.
Then Bob did something I hadn't expected. He raised his front half and - I swear this is true - began pawing the air in a threatening gesture. Naturally, I countered with the crane from "Karate Kid."
Bob was not impressed. He skittered to the right in a blink of an eye and I countered to my left mirroring his moves. He raised a leg. I'm pretty sure he was pointing at me.
And then, just like that he was gone.
You should all beware. They are out there and they are plotting our downfall.
Spring rages on. I hear the rain and a slight roll of thunder as I write this, and all I can think of is Bob. I know he's still here; watching me. He knows about the bugs I put out of their misery last year, I'm sure of it. And he's angry. I shiver as I think of him biding his time until ...
Oh, there he is. SPLAT!
- Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book "What's the Point?" available at booklocker.com. Contact her at email@example.com.
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