It was a normal day in July, 2000. I had just woken up and I was walking to the bathroom when I noticed my brother jumping the fence. He’d forgotten his keys, again. I jumped in the shower and started to sing to as one does when showering. “Throw your arms around me” I hummed as I worked the shampoo into my hair and just as I was about to wash it out someone started knocking on the bathroom door. I was annoyed with my brother for this interruption. I grabbed a towel and loosely put it around myself, then flung open the door ready to yell (I mean talk loudly), at my brother when I saw something I didn’t expect.
Two young male police officers standing at my bathroom door.
I’m not too sure who was more shocked. Myself: The girl half naked in a towel with shampoo running down her face. Or them: The young police officers.
Officer #1: “Umm, sorry miss, we umm…”
Officer #2: “We had a report that someone was breaking in at this residence.”
Nikita: “Breaking in?”
Officer #2: “Yes, someone jumped the fence and the neighbours reported it.”
Nikita: “Oh, you mean my brother, he forgot his keys and jumped the fence.”
I try to re arrange my towel, it is slipping and I’m sure there’s some law against flashing an officer, even in your own home.
Officer #2: “Ok, so your safe then?”
Nikita: “Yeah, I’m fine.”
My brother walks into the kitchen, with a ‘why are you in a towel and talking to the police in our house’ look on his face, unaware he was the cause of it all. One of the officers points at him and I nod.
Officer #2: “Ok then miss, we’ll go now.”
Nikita: “Let my brother show you out, oh hang on, he needs the keys…”
Officer #2: “That’s ok, we’ll just jump back over the fence.”
They leave by jumping back over the fence and my brother and I stand in silence, trying to work things out. He shrugs and walks away. I make a face and go back to my shower. While washing the shampoo out of my hair I remembered something…
Where the hell was Harry, the fearsome guard dog that barks at people 5 houses away, during all this drama?
Fast asleep on the couch he was. He slept through the whole thing and I had to wake him and tell him off for not only sleeping on the couch, but also for not waking up when people jumped the fence. He replied with a snort as if to say ‘I knew they were cops, its cool’ and put his head back down on the couch.
It was no longer a normal day.