Scene: 1:30AM. The AC has just kicked on and everyone is sleeping peacefully in the house.
The gentle, tick, tick, tick of the ceiling fan going round and round eases through the hazy night like the register of a musician’s time keeper.
One small feline, known as Taku, is curled up in the middle of the king size bed, next to her momma’s hip. Snuggled in for the night as usual.
Without warning, it strikes.
Here….we go…..the story begins:
Taku erupts like she was spring loaded from a Jack in the Box.
In one swift move, Taku ejects herself from the middle of the king size bed, to the bottom of the bed, to the floor. Something had her and she was terrified. What was worse, it woke me up and I was gobsmacked as to WTF was going on at 1:30 in the morning.
One moment the homo-sapien feline momma was peacefully dreaming of roller-saking at Radnor Rolls and the next minute I’m shock-forced awakened to trauma kitty freaking out about the monster in the bed.
WTF is going on? Who is President? Who won best actor in the Golden Globes? Who married George Clooney? How many days till summer? What day is it? Can I wear pink striped pants and yellow shoes? I’m so confused? I love kitty cats.
What? Where am I?
Taku comes back up into the bed. And decides to…..STALK my better half’s side of the bed.
Taku, is only 9 months old and is generally full of piss and vinegar. For her to be afraid of something, is unusual. This is out of the ordinary. Not to mention…in the middle of the night.
She returns to our bed, and when she does, she is scared and decides to stalk “the prey” by crawling along side my legs as I lay on my back in bed. Belly crawling would be the name of the game at this point.
The entire time, she is focused on something on the side of the bed my other half is sleeping on.
Well, thank goodness it’s not my half of the bed.
WHAT IS WRONG? TAKU? TAKU? WHAT IS IT?
Nothing. She is serious about whatever she is hunting.
She is shaking.
She is VERY intent on her kill target.
Shit, was she hoping for a part in Kill Bill?
Then she stops and the posturing beings.
Front leg out.
She is smacking things in the bed covers.
WHAT THE HELL!
I sit up, look at her, look at what she’s smacking and advise her, like the good homo-sapien mother, “there is nothing here.”
She turns around and hurls herself off the bed.
I start to settle into a doze of a sleep and she is back again. Stalking her prey.
I look at her and tell her…..
Taku, there is nothing there.
She ignores me. And then proceeds to belly crawl up the bed towards my hip. Every third step she stops and looks.
Her neck extends like E.T.
I swear, her neck must go another 5 inches in length….ridiculous for such a small cat.
Next thing…..wack, wack, wack…..with her long front legs…..kill that bed cover.
Then she runs off the bed.
Again she comes back up to the bed….and here we go again….crawling along my legs.
Her neck is extending.
She is now got an eye on a new target.
Her head is swaying back and forth on the target……
Her right paw comes up….ready to deliver a grand swat in the dark.
I stop her just as she is about to strike an erie….green.….glow in the dark… a watch face.
For PETE’S SAKE!
This is the last thing I need…Taku Kitty smacking…. the Better Half in the middle of the night…..over a mysterious glowing green watch face! Are you f-ing kidding me? Oh for crying out loud! This is not a monster!
She leaps off the bed, literally throws up on the floor ….because she’s so frightened by what she’s seen. Mind you, by this point, I’ve been whispering to her and trying to calm her down.
All she knows is something nearly had her. All she can see is some ridiculously glowing green thing…..a watch face. Which of course, must die, at 1:45AM.
I’m thinking. Is there something more?
After throwing up her entire dinner, she gets back up on the bed and proceeds to hunt the attacker.
This has to stop. I have to show her. There’s nothing there. It’s like reasoning with a child.
I debate. Do I turn on the bedside light or the cell phone light? You know they put those handy little lights in the cell phones now. How nice! The better half says he can sleep through anything. We’ve been together for ever – so I decide….if there truly is something “IN THE BED” then I want to see it clearly, so I’m turning on the bedside light. I put my glasses on and prepare myself.
I flip on the light.
The Mister wakes up immediately….of course and looks at me.
It’s not like I could say, “Our youngest was having a nightmare and thought there was something attacking her….which was YOUR WATCH!”
So I just blink twice at him and calmly say, “Sorry. I thought there was something in the bed. Sorry.” All the while, quickly shuffling the blankets around to ensure I didn’t see anything scurrying around underneath.
Then here comes the ALPHA kitty – Liggy comes up on the bed. She, is of course, foliowed by Taku.
Liggy is the Queen of All Things Cat. And I swear, although Liggy likes to snuggle, I think Taku was so scared, she went and told Liggy…….I can so see this happening and this is how it happened:
“There’s something green and glowing in there and it scared me…you go in there and look.”
So Liggy climbs up on the bed….gets a drink of water out of my water glass and then curls up by my pillow…no big deal. Done. She has done this for years. Get over it small fry…is what Liggy is thinking.
There could have been a Palmeto Bug (aka flying coach roach). There could have been a lizard. There could have been a roach. There could have been a who knows whatever. Liggy doesn’t give a rat’s ass. Liggy is 14 or 15 years old. Whatever. I’m here. Move over. Feed me. Love me. Snuggle me. Get over it, or eat it. Or leave the room. Meh. I’m too old for this shit.
Everyone calmed down or left the room until morning.
I woke up at 6:30, at which point…..we progressed to Chapter 6 of the story:
Taku was still terrified of the bed. She was still very busy hunting that half of the bed. I had to pull all the covers off the bed to show her, “THERE IS NOTHING THERE….STOP BEING SO JUMPY. STOP ATTACKING THE BLANKETS.”
She has since investigated the room numerous times on her own and has come to the conclusion, it was a bad dream that was transferred the the glow in the dark watch face.
I have ensured The Mister has removed the watch and placed it face down on the side table….so as to not cause a pandaemonium overnight. OMG and heaven help all of us if it truly was a Palmetto Bug, or anything else, in the bed….because then truly, you will have to pry me off the ceiling along with the Taku.