ok let’s talk about it – i’ve seen a total of 3 centipedes in my apartment so far. the first two were kinda jumpscares (for all parties involved probably) and i did sleep in the living room that night (because that was going to do something about my heart beating so fast and a generally stressful week).
the third and most recent was tonight, not even 5 minutes ago after i came home from dropping dinner off for a friend. (btw, i did citibike back, and it was less than 10 mins but i once again was on a NON WORKING electric bike and those mfs are harder to pedal when they don’t work than regular bikes !!! anyway.) i went to feed puppycat and saw in the pothos plant next to the sink (because i had watered it in there earlier this afternoon) a house centipede just chilling.
i somehow managed to get pretty close and saw its face - luckily it was facing me - and it was munching on something, probably fruit flies. yum !!! its many (healthy!) long spread out legs didn’t scare me or shock me, i was easily able to find its eyes (or eye like things) and mandibles and it was so actively chewing i couldn’t help but root for it. i tried to blow on it and nudge the pot but it was staying pretty put ! finally puppycat yanked me out of my trance so i could finally feed him and when i went back, i was, idk, kinda scared ??? of just letting it be, because i’m afraid that if it moves and i see it on a wall, i’ll get spooked. which is crazy bc i’ve been spooked before and i’ve gotten so up close to it, how could it scare me again, y’know? but i’m not a bug fear expert so i placed the pot right outside my front door and am hoping that it finds other delicious meals within these ancient ass, damp ass walls
gotta call the landlord to get the leak fixed. gotta pour bleach down the drain for maintenance.
i feel pretty happy about this encounter !