August 26, 2010

Roach runner

What India trip is complete without my fleeing a room in utter terror thanks to Mr Muchad? This time was no different. A different house... a different setting. S and I were just going to turn in for the night. I went to adjust the AC and I'd taken off my contacts. So you know what that means. I couldn't precisely see small things. Which means I couldn't see very clearly that the big, brown blob was indeed a cockroach. All may have been well if S didn't actually call my attention to it... as they say ignorance is bliss. But once he did, in a matter of milliseconds I'd fled the room.

A few minutes later, S came out to assure me that he had chucked the intruder into the attached bathroom. After a few minutes of coaxing, I entered the room tentatively, still bleary-eyed. In one quick motion, I dragged the doormat and stuffed it into the crack under the bathroom door. Convinced that the roach was locked in, I went to bed, a cautiously peaceful woman. It was bout 5 minutes later I was jolted into full alert by the click of a light. It was S going to the bathroom. Was he kidding me? I snapped up and grabbed by glasses, this time to make sure my vision wasn't handicapped and trained my eye on the bathroom door. Nothing. But it in that instant, in that second with the light flooding out from the bathroom door, I knew there was something that wasn't supposed to be. Some movement. Some muchad. I spun to my left and realized in horror that my intuition was spot on. I saw the monster cowering by the wardrobe door, shrieked and fled once more. Turns out S had let the beast be and tried to fool me into sleeping. And as I would have it, only one of us could be in the room - me or the roach. Turns out, it was the roach.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh come on...grow up...face your fears...

Jaya said...

Anon -> Oh please... I am allowed this one irrational fear. And given the dire straits, sure I can face it.

Saumya said...

Aww..I can't believe S tried to fool you into sleeping!...I would have been TERRIFIED..and Anon--whoever you are..everyone is afraid of something..its a rational fear to them whether or not it is to someone else..so its not about growing up!..

Hamsa said...

HAHAHA!!!

Jaya said...

Babli->Thanks! I know... lucky my intuition and thank my glasses. LOL! Haha.

Hamsa-> SO not funny!

Jaya said...

Anon -> Maybe you'll accept the fear better if you know someone like Scarlett Johansson suffers from it too! http://in.news.yahoo.com/photos/slideshow/weird-celebrity-phobias.html?curPhoto=8

Nithya said...

I used to be sacred of roaches too. Hmmmm... but after living in the grad student housing apartment, I have come in terms with their co-existence. No Choice! My roommate and I spent one whole day cleaning and turning everything upside down and spraying to kill these annoying creatures, and to what end? I got up in the middle of night to drink some water, only to spot a roach having a picnic. I am not scared of them as such, but I hate to see them.

Thank God! I live at a better place now, and I hope not to see them anymore.

Nithya said...

Scared and not Sacred...typo

Jaya said...

Nithya-> Sorry about the delayed response. Sacred roaches.. wouldn't that be something? ;) And roach having a picnic - I shudder to imagine! But yes.. you get used to some things when you are around them long enough. But I sure hope it doesn't have to be something as unpleasant as roaches! Thanks for the comment and keep visiting!

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