I’m the one who let the dogs out.
Actually, I let the dogs out what seems like three dozen times a day, but it’s probably a lot more than that. It’s normally an incident-free type thing: open the back door, let the dogs into the backyard, and close the door.
This morning was not incident-free.
When I opened the back door, a bug that looked very much like a cockroach but moved so fast I couldn’t be sure came running into the house.
I screamed. Holy mother of fuck, what the fuck is that?
The bug was probably just about as freaked out as I was.
It had been sitting on the back stoop, minding his own business, when suddenly this huge thing (the door) came flying at it and two massive animals (each weighing under 10 pounds, but massive compared to him) jumped over it.
I ran to grab a heavy book – a college English textbook, which honestly isn’t good for much else – and by the time I got back, the bug that could have been a roach was hiding under the edge of the dog’s chewy toy.
Clever, right? It was a smart little bug, which made me question its roach status, and I had yet to get a clear look at it.
I kicked the chew toy away and tossed the book where the roach *should* have been, but instead the little bastard was too fast and ran under the black ottoman.
I pushed the ottoman around, still holding the book, and it came out and hide under the big plush green hippo there.
Clearly, this was not a roach. Or if it was a roach, it was the most brilliant roach I had ever crossed paths with.
I decided to reason with it.
I put the book down.
“Just go outside,” I told it. “You’ll be okay, I’ll be okay, and you’ll get out of this alive.”
Maybe it heard me and understood me. Maybe not.
But when I came back with a broom and opened the back door, it managed to get under the sweeping part of the broom and made it out the door.
It righted itself on the concrete of the back porch, and stared at me.
Was it a cockroach? Was it more than that?
I don’t know.
I got distracted because the dog wanted to come back in, and by the time I looked back at where it had been, it was gone.