Sunday, June 07, 2009

Home Alone..

It was a not-so-bright, not-so-sunny afternoon. Hubby N was away at work. Little M was at her sitter's house. I was working on my computer in the study, sipping a refreshing hot cup of coffee. The only sound one could hear was the clack-clack-clacking of my keyboard. It was a nice, relaxed kinda afternoon.

Suddenly the calm was shattered by the sound of the television in the next room. I went cold! There was no one else at home but me. Who could have turned the TV on? My heart dropped! There's someone inside my house! I thought. How on earth did he get in? Something you need to know about my house - there is no sneaking about here. Only because everything in the house squeaks - the doors, the windows, the floors and heck, even our cat Ginger, who prefers to squeak rather than meow! So this person must have been hiding inside my house all along!

What do I do? Call 911? And say what - "my TV came on?!" Yeah, that sure sounds like an emergency! Wait..how about my knight in shining armor? Yes! Maybe he can help! So I call him (that was N, by the way!). And got his voicemail! Rats! Now what do I do?

I grabbed the heaviest thing I could find - one which I could hold comfortably in one hand, yet be able to cause decent damage to the intruder's skull when I whacked him - a narrow but heavy vase. I wanted the intruder to think me unsuspecting. So I carried on a pseudo-conversation with the dial tone on the phone. Let him think I'm talking to someone and can out him anytime, I thought, walking into the bedroom, phone in one hand and the weapon..er..vase in the other. Heart racing, hands clammy but raised to strike, I walk into the bedroom and.....
there was Ginger sitting on the bed, next to the TV remote control - she had accidentally pressed the 'on' button!

40 comments:

sra said...

A few cats used to populate our neighbourhood when I was growing up. One of them learnt to work the rubber stopper that prevented the kitchen/other doors from opening wide and would come inside and look for things to eat.

Happy cook said...

Ha ha i loved reading this post, even i was getting nervous by reading them.
When my hubby is gone out of the country and when daughter and I go for sleep i check atleast 10 times to se if all the doors are closed :-)

Gita said...

Even I used to get so scared at the slightest sounds when my hubby is away on trips...it was good thinking on your part to pretend you were on the phone :) Loved reading this post.

Parita said...

Nice post..love the name ginger..so cute :)

indosungod said...

You had the presence of mind to grab a weapon :) Same thing happens to me, when I am alone in the house even the tiny sound gets amplified.

Glad it was just the cat dear old Ginger.

meeso said...

:)) You poor thing! I have had experiences like this... I always worry someone will break in and if I'm alone, and hear a noise, I always am ready to attack the intruder! Awhile ago, I had found a basement window unlocked when I was home alone and I called my roommate at work (she's a cop in training and has a gun), and made her come home and search the house with me to see if someone was hiding inside... That just a big fear of mine. Glad you are ok :)

Smitha said...

My god! That sounded very scary indeed!! Poor you. But yes, it must have been such a relief that it was just the cat.

Suparna said...

hi vani,
LLLLOl that was quite a thrilling read it'd make a good thriller movie scene :) the squeeking part made me laugh ...nicely written,
God! ur heart must've come to ur throat holding the vase in position and moving forward...and can understand the relief upon seeing that it's just the kitty :)lol
TC

Pooja said...

Lol Vani..OMG if iam in a situation like this i would have fainted with fear,you are brave enough to attack with something to protect yourself..

Red Chillies said...

Vani, it was a good read, you had me sit on the edge of the sit for a while. Your write up made me go through the process you went through. The ending was hilarious though!

Uma said...

Phew! All is well that ends Well!! This was like a suspence thriller Vani!! But I must say you're so brave!! Good job!

Ramya Bala said...

Hahhaa..that was atlast a funny thriller..loved it... :)

Sush said...

ha ha.., my heart started beating fast here :), truly a funny thriller.

Pranav said...

very scary Vani, now I'm even scared of you wielding a WMD(aka vase) :P

Sharmila said...

You should take up thriller writing Vani! That was some experience I must say. :-)

SJ said...

LOL!! My silly fishes never did anything exciting like that. the only note worthy thing they did was to come up to the tank and open their mouth -feed me feed me feed me... sigh. Parcel ginger to me no? :P

DEESHA said...

LOL .. WHen I was in the US, I used to get soo scared to sleep alone cuz there were weird noises in our Apt .. This was funny

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh what a horror scene.....really when u r alone incidents like this disturb u a lot...once there was power cut and i forgot to turn off the tv....in the middle of the night i started and i got very scared to step in that room...heheheh

Anonymous said...

HeHe! good one. Y'day I saw a lonely pet dog opening the fridge door and destroying all the food in there on TV when owners go out to work! Our AJ rips and topples every garbage bin when we go out and if we forget to throw the garbage out, we are cleaning the coffee granules off of the floor every time we come back!:D

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rekhas kitchen said...

oohhooo devare.... first my heart was droped for 1 sec.then oohhh I couldn't stop laughing hummmm. That means she also want to watch TV poor cat u didn't understand vani Ha ha haa.

Hema said...

Oh... atleast you thought some one broke into the house.. i would have thought there was some spirit inside the house..(Silly me) when i am alone, i would some times be so scared to even bath.. phew.. i had never been so scared in india!! you have a great skill of narration..

Pooja said...

Oh my that must have been really scary! At least you had the presence of mind to grab a weapon! I cant imagine myself doing something like that if I were in that situation other than finding a place to hide! Cute pussy!

LG said...

OMG..I laughed untill I dropped. Nice read vani :)

William/The Author Of * said...

LOL funny.I had a TV during one short period..like a week that used to come on by itself. I think what was doing it was another remote or a signal from another device next door...or maybe the remote was just whacky at the time. Freaky none the less..

Divya Vikram said...

Ha ha, Great read! Even I get scared by the smallest of sounds! And we are moving to a larger house next week. Am already scared of being alone now!!

Varsha Vipins said...

ha..If it was me..I would be unconscious once I heard the sound..:D

Vani said...

Glad you enjoyed the post, guys! This is a slightly(!) dramatized version of the events. And I enjoyed reading all your comments :)

Sra- cats are quite clever, aren't they?

HC - I totally understand the obsessive chekcing of doors and windows. I do that when N is away too :)

Gita- I understand! I'm that way too :)

Parita- thanks :)

ISG - yeah, so very glad it was just Ginger :)

Vani said...

Meeso - you're lucky to have a cop friend! good thinking in calling her

Smitha- it was scary but I think the post sounds scarier! :)

Suparna - glad u liked it. that squeaky part is so annoying but it's a great intruder-alert system! :)

Pooja- not sure about brave but sometimes u just act a certain way. Thinking back, maybe it would have been a good idea to get out and get a neighbor or something but of course that thought NEVER occured then :)

Vani said...

RC - yeah, I did try to infuse some humor in the narrative. Glad u enjoyed the read :)

Uma, Ramya<, Sush- thanks :)

Pranav- yeah, it made a perfect WMD. And yeah, you be better be scared of me. I'm your older, wiser, WMD wielding aunt after all! :)

Sharmila - hmm.. something to think about! :) Thanks :)

SJ - so THAT's what those fishies are saying then! Now I know! :)

Deesha - I know what u mean. You hear creaks and squeaks in the dead of the night and makes u wonder!

Vani said...

Lubna - oh that must've been scary, that too in the night!

Asha - thanks for the pics. Trsha looked great. You both must be proud parents

Rekha - he he.. you may be right. Ginger must've wanted to catch up on some TV shows and I switched it right off. She may be quite pissed at me now :)

Hema - Not silly at all coz I'm convinced there are spirits in my house too! :)

Pooja -I think I'm a scaredy cat kinda person too but in a situation sometimes u surprise yourself!

LG- glad u enjoyed! :)

William - that sure sounds like a freaky TV. Glad u traded! And thanks for stopping by :)

Divya - hey, congrats on the new house. I know what you mean - double the size, double the fright! But don't worry, it'll be just fine! :)

Varsha - That's what I'd have thought about me too so hey, u never know! :)

Pavithra said...

Ha ha.. really funny , scarry and thrilling...

Divya Rao said...

Hey Vani, I would've been frozen with fear!! Reminded me of that ever haunting nightmare where I want to scream but nothing comes out!
Anyways, well written...maybe you can go on and add a little bit more and write your own little story :)
Good luck, with writing and pretend intruders!

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Sowmya said...

you dear girlie..that is a nice narration :) I was reading biting my nails :) Keep writing... I would love to read..

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Bong Mom said...

That is so funny :D

Sia said...

ROFL... just what I wanted to kick start weekend (although its still friday morn;)

I have similar story to share and its little more embarrasing ;) may be i should post it someday. at least i will have something to write abt in these blog-dry-days ;)

have a wonderful weekend. and pet Ginger on my behalf and kisses to M :)

Aparna said...

Can imagine how frightening the whole thing must have felt, till you saw the cat, that is!

Jaya said...

Vani,
that's very scary and well written there!!ending was hilarious too..
enjoyed reading this post :)..
hugs and smiles

pedatha1 said...

Hi Vani, this is a nice blog you have created here. I enjoyed reading this post and liked your eggplant curry too. Cheers!