The Roach versus The Sorority Girls

Just about every room in our sorority house has had cockroach sightings.  So far, my roommate Katrina and I have been golden—not a single sighting all year.  Yet here I am, frozen in fear on my bed because there is a roach on the floor.

Katrina’s reasoning for why today is the first sighting we’ve had? Today is the first warm day in a while, and that’s why Roachy felt more active today (yes, I’ve named the loathed creature).

My reasoning? My boyfriend taunted it yesterday.

He dropped a piece of candy on the floor, and then picked it up and threw it in the trash, saying he wasn’t going to leave it for “the roach”.  I immediately pounced on his word choice.  “The” roach?  As in, he had seen a roach in here before?  He backpedaled in light of my approaching hysteria, and went with a strategy of deny, deny, deny.

But now, about 20 hours later, there is a roach trapped under a box Katrina and I use to make buckets of punch with.

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Our first reaction when we spotted it peeking out from her desk was to jump up on our respective beds.  As Katrina is an environmental science major, I expected her to make it go away, but somehow I ended up standing on her desk chair with a tiny cup to trap it in.  I rethought the situation and opted for the bucket.  We secured it with one of my heavy Shakespeare books, and the skirmish is now at a standstill.

Life lesson?  Never taunt a roach! I’m just hoping Roachy doesn’t call for reinforcements.  Katrina’s scientific perspective is that it is doubtful he will be able to communicate with his friends while trapped on a box.

But she also looked it up and discovered that roaches are not solitary creatures.  Here’s to hoping I won’t have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night tonight!

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