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He shot the bat and all of a sudden it came flying out. Julie and I screamed as it swooped down. It was quite a scene. The bat landed on the top window sill in the front of the cabin. There are pretty large cracks and crevices in the sill and the bat went down into one of them. We figured he was dead, but then we started seeing movement. While surveying the scene, Lewis licked my foot and I screamed again like a little girl. Then everyone was laughing at me. Once I got my breath back, I was OK.
Julie just could not imagine leaving the bat up there, so Ed and Ron got the ladder while I kept watch on the flying critter. Julie donned a surgical mask and two layers of procedural gloves. I just about peed my pants when she announced that she was doing that because "Hey, I've read The Hot Zone and I know the importance of double gloving." I, too, have read The Hot Zone, so I knew what she was talking about.
Here she is gloved, masked, and heading up the ladder to do battle.
"I got him! I stabbed him right through the mouth!"
We were all terrified that she was going to fall off the ladder if the bat flew out at her, so we were glad it had been stabbed. Dead. But Ed was laughing so hard that he couldn't breath and he had to go outside.
She hauled the bat out of it's death hole using the tongs and climbed down until she could drop the little rat with wings into a cup. BTW, what do you think of this stunning chandelier? When it is on it makes the cabin look like it is on fire to the casual observer. I will replace it one of these days and then I'l either sell it on ebay or host a blog give-away!!!
After the bat was hastily done away with, we all washed thoroughly while we were still laughing uproariously. My stomach hurt from laughing so much, but finally hunger had set in, so we headed to Mt. Pleasant to eat at Rodger's. We laughed all the way there and halfway through dinner. It was just a confluence of crazy occurences that set us off.
What a fun afternoon! We hardly ever see the Foggins, so it was great to catch up. Next time we get together, I am sure that we'll have another good laugh!