Last night before I went to bed I watched one of those reno shows – the one where they show 3 couples “moving up” and they get to go back to their old house after it’s been renovated by the new people. Anyway, this one girl bought a house without an inspection because her real estate agent told her to.
She got there, and there were rat droppings in the kitchen, … and maggots. In the light fixtures. Now, there are all kinds of heebie-jeebies, but maggots in a light fixture has got to be in the top ten. My fists were clenched in the universal sign of ew! She had to strip the house down to the studs, and they found 4 or 5 dead squirrels in the ceilings. Good gods.
So, I went to bed with visions of squirrels running and/or keeling over in my crawlspace.
I managed to fall asleep but was woken around 3am by a brilliant thunderstorm, and by Jean Luc recognizing said thunderstorm and jumping on me before making a beeline for the closet.
Half asleep a little while later, I could hear scratching, then silence, then scratching again. I’m thinking, Gah! Squirrels! or maybe Jean Luc doing something weird, and I’m trying to let the logic brain win out, but a little while later the scratching was in my room and I couldn’t see the cat and I’m pretty sure I had been dreaming about the maggots, and I was definitely freaked out.
I turned on the bedside light and looked around the bed like one does at the age of 5 when there’s the distinct possibility that there are dragons or crocodiles on the floor. I found Jean Luc at the bottom of the bed, staring at me. There might have been a sardonic grin. I was not happy with the spooky scratching and told him to get on the bed and/or stop f*ckin’ around.
Fell back to sleep until about a minute before the alarm was supposed to go off, thanks to Mr Jean Luc again, who had realized it was time to get up and celebrated by head-butting me.