“Would you cut it out Gerry, I’m trying to study!” Tabitha screamed across the room without looking up from her laptop.
“Forget studying! I just discovered the most awesomest game ever!” Gerry shouted back to his sister before leaning over to brace his hands on his knees to catch his breath.
“Awesomest isn’t a word, dodo,” Tabitha huffed, still stubbornly refusing to glance up as she flipped through the textbook at her side.
“Neither is dodo, smarty pants,” Gerry pouted just audible enough for Tabitha to hear.
“Yes it is, a dodo is a small flightless bird that is now extinct… read a book,” Tabitha really had trouble believing they were related sometimes.
“Fine, you’re smart and I’m a dodo, whatever… will you just come here for a minute and then I’ll leave you alone so you can stick your nose back in that book… or whatever it is you nerds do,” Gerry ran from the kitchen where he had been making all the noise and grabbing his sister yanked her by the arm until she had no choice but to follow.
As soon as the two entered the kitchen something about the size of a small walnut zoomed past Tabitha’s head causing her to scream and duck quickly, “What the heck was that?!?”
“That’s the star of my new game! It’s called Beetle Battle, and what you do is pick up one of these Tupperware lids and you try to bat the beetle out of the air without getting hit by it as it flies around. Fun right?” Gerry didn’t wait for his sister’s reply and began hopping around the room swinging a square Tupperware lid in the air as the crazed beetle zigged around the ceiling and at times, dive-bombing one of the siblings.
“This is ridiculous– Ahhh!” Tabitha screamed again and threw herself to the ground as the beetle raced past her, just about clipping her ear. Red with irritation, and perhaps a little embarrassment at reacting so strongly over a little bug, Tabitha jumped up and grabbing a lid began chasing the beetle around the kitchen island. Before she knew it, she was laughing uncontrollable as she ducked, jumped and danced around the kitchen in pursuit of the beetle who flew like a drunkard chasing a helium balloon.
“Wait till I tell Jo about this, she’s going to be over here all the time!” Tabitha giggled excitedly. Jo always did have the best imagination, although Tabitha thought she was a bit on the odd side- but in a good way.
“We return now to our exclusive interview with author sensation, J.K. Rowling. J.K., I must ask, where did the inspiration come from for the sport of the wizarding world, Quidditch?”
“Well that’s a very interesting story, Tom. When I was a kid one of my very best friends and her brother invented a game that basically revolved around running after and attempting to capture a beetle that had found its way into their kitchen. The thing flew around so sporadically, you would have to duck or leap out of the way and then we’d chase after it with plastic lids trying to knock it out of the air… that memory came back to me as I was brainstorming, and well… there it is, I guess!”*
*This is complete and utter fiction… at no time do I imagine J.K. Rowlings chased a bug around a room or base any part of her Potter books on any of the events described above.
The Not So Fantastic Reality:
The above story was inspired by the following tidbits I encountered today:
ONE: Yep, you guessed it, while we were grilling tonight, a giant beetle flew in the back door and went all crazy in our kitchen while I was trying to cook. It would come right at your face, zoom around your head and the dart up towards the ceiling only to come back at you again. Before I knew it, both Andy and I were ducking and leaping around like we were at a tent revival, and then he had the brilliant idea to grab a Tupperware lid as a way to ‘shoo’ the bug out of the house. This ‘shooing’ took a good… ten minutes until finally he knocked the sucker out of the air and escorted it outside. We were laughing so hard we thought what a great new game we just discovered! Cant’ wait for our next beetle…
Love & Squirrels.