That’s when I heard it.
“Wapa wapa wapa weeee“
That sound froze my breath. My hair stood on end and my cat flew from my arms.
I was squeezing the life out of him. The blanket sailed over my head.
When my heart began to beat again, it started in a hyperspeed.
It was beating in my throat. I started to shake. I knew I was going to vomit. I was gasping for air. I heard horrible little choking noises coming- I heard these horrible little choking noises and realized they were coming from me. It was so dark under the blanket, but there was danger looking outside the shelter I had thrown around me.
I snuck my arm out slowly, slowly, slowly so that no one would see the movement.
I felt for my phone. Gingerly I touched it and snatched it back into the hastily made sanctuary with me.
I dialed 911 the conversation went something like this:
“911 operator, This is 911, What’s your emergency?”
me: gasping for air quietly, so no one would hear, trying desperately to give sound to the voice that was squeaking from my mouth.
“911 operator: Hello. Is anyone there? Please state your emergency.”
Me squeaking and hyperventilating: “I’m here. Please, send the police.”
911 operator: “State your emergency, please.”
Me: “There’s an intruder in my home. Send a cop to get me out.”
911 operator: “You have an intruder in your home ma’am, where are you?”
Me still hyperventilating now crying as well: “I’m under the covers on my couch.”
911 operator: “You’re hiding under the covers on your couch, ma’am?
Me hiccupping hyperventilating and crying: “Y-y-yes!”
911 operator: “Why?”
me: “So the intruder don’t get me.”
911 operator: Let’s see if I have this right ma’am. You’re hiding under the blankets on your couch at 2:10 in the morning. So the intruder in your home won’t get you.”
Me: “Yes, that is exactly-ly right, right. Send someone please.”
911 operator: “Does the Intruder have a weapon ma’am?”
Me: “Yes.Yes! Big- big teeth.”
911 operator: “ma’am, could you please calm down? I’m having a difficult time understanding you- did you say
teeth is his weapon?”
Me: Yes. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God!
911 operator: I have your information pulled up here ma’am. Can you tell me what exactly is in your home?
me: ” A b-b-bat!
911 operator chuckling: “We can’t send an officer to remove a bat.”
Me: “Oh my God, you have to! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!”
911 operator: “If you don’t calm down, I’ll send an ambulance.”
Me: “Will they get it out?”
911 operator: “No, but you need to calm down.”
Me:” Okay. “