TPS1107_Final Exam Performance_Emily Long_updated

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Creepy, Crawly Creatures…

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It was a typical weekday night one summer, and I don’t recall that anything out of the ordinary had taken place that day, so far…

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I went to work, came home, cooked and ate dinner, probably watched a few shows on TV, and got ready for bed; my typical weeknight routine.

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Bedtime is usually what I look forward to, and my bed is my most favorite spot. I couldn’t wait to snuggle up under the covers and fall asleep. My beautiful apartment home is located at the bottom of a small hill on the terrace level, and is surrounded on three sides by large trees and lush, mature landscaping.

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While I tend to keep a very neat and clean home, I do occasionally get bugs here and there, likely from the woodsy area which surrounds me. Spiders are the most common, but when it rains, I’ve noticed I tend to get a few different types of beetles, ants, and the rare, but oh-so disgusting roaches…

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The very thought of such creepy crawly creatures makes me CRINGE!!!

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I had probably been asleep for somewhere around 3 hours, and suddenly found myself in a very dreamlike state, but awake at the same time. I don’t remember what I was thinking, or perhaps dreaming, but I very vividly remember the feeling I began to experience. It was a bit ticklish, but so soft, almost as a single strand of hair was brushing against my skin.

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Suddenly, I felt it move, very quickly to a different spot. I was fully awake at this point, as I was startled from my sleepy state. It stopped, and then I realized that something was on me. This was no hair, or figment of my imagination! I most certainly was not dreaming either. Then I felt it again, a soft tickle on the lobe of my ear. I shrieked in horror as whatever it was under the covers started crawling very quickly down the side of my neck, down my entire back and right leg. I jumped out of bed, screaming again, kicking and thrashing about, not knowing what was in my bed. In hearing my screams, my boyfriend also jumped out of bed and rushed over to me as I was now trembling in the floor. He asked, “What happened?! What is it?!” I couldn’t respond because I was so startled and so terrified. I finally managed to say, “I think there’s something in the bed, something just crawled down my back!

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He pulled back the covers to look for anything that might still be there, and there was of course nothing to be found. He started to climb back in the bed, and asked me to do the same, but I refused. “Absolutely not”, I cried! “Something is in the bed, and I cannot relax or sleep again until I know what it is.” He checked again, pulling all of the covers back and looking between all the layers of the white bedding, and anything present could have been easily spotted. “See”, he said, “nothing, you were just having a nightmare. Let’s get back to sleep.”

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Still not convinced it was all in my head, I agreed and proceeded to walk back towards the bed. I pulled back the covers and just when I was about to adjust the position of my pillow, I saw it, its beady eyes like black glass staring back at me. It was tucked just inside the curve of my pillowcase hem. I screamed again, “there it is!” “Please kill it”, I shrieked again, and I proceeded to shake the pillow. Sure enough, a roach about 1 and a half inches long, give or take some, came scurrying out and ran across the bed again.

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My dog, a Labrador retriever who absolutely loves to hunt bugs, understood exactly what was going on by this time, what with all the screaming and carrying on I had been doing. Watching intently as I shook the pillow, he saw the roach scurry out and lunged to attack. He managed to grab it in his mouth, and began to shake his head back and forth…

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He spit the bug, all covered in a thick layer of slimy slobber, on the floor at my feet. It began to move again, rather slowly this time, and the dog lunged in response, grabbing it in his mouth and spitting it back out a second time. He wanted the bug dead, but didn’t like the taste much, I guess.

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Despite the bug dying a slobbery death, I was unable to get any sleep, as most of you can imagine. I can only hope and pray that such a thing never happens again, and will never forget that feeling or the terror that came with it.