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The Batgirl of the Otesaga
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The Batgirl of the Otesaga
Recounted by Mike Hilliard

      On the evening of Saturday, August 6th, 2011 Frank “Nature Boy” Pine and his wife Lorraine “St. Lorraine” Pine (because she puts up with Frank) retired to their quarters on the fifth floor of the Otesaga after another wonderful day at Durbar. As they opened their door, they noticed a small winged mammal configured like an F-117 Stealth Fighter jet swooping and banking through their room. It was an Otesaga bat.

      Frank & Lorraine wisely shut the door and proceeded to the 4th floor elevator to alert the front desk. As they reached the elevator, Mike “Mikey” Hilliard, his wife Georgia, and Pete “Pierre” Black emerged. Frank informed the Hilliard’s and Peter of his mission, and the Hilliard’s and Peter proceeded up the stairs to the 5th floor. On their way up the stairs, Peter asked Mike, a retired cop, “Did you bring your gun?” Mike looked at Peter in puzzlement, and Peter responded, “You could shoot it. I had a bat in my house, and Ruthie (his wife) was upset. So, I got out my 22 and shot it. Then Ruthie got mad at me because I put a hole in the curtain.I mean - I took care of the bat!”

      As the group reached the 5th floor, Peter immediately retired to his room, but the Hilliard’s noticed the Otesaga bat had now reached the 5th floor hallway, where it was performing all sorts of aerobatics. Mike opened the door to the stair well with the well-intentioned thought that the bat would fly down the stairwell and out the lobby door. Georgia wisely instructed Mike to call the front desk and inform them this airborne creature was now in the 5th floor hallway.

      Mike called the desk. Batgirl answered, and said, “OK.” In less than a minute Batgirl bounded up the steps into to the 5th floor hall. She was just over 5 feet and slender. She was dressed in a black pant suit and white blouse. She was only equipped with a large and slender key ring. The bat had now secreted itself in an air vent in the hall’s ceiling.

      She immediately closed the stairwell door and asked Frank and Lorraine for a chair. Frank quickly gave her a chair from his room. She placed it directly under the vent. She then sprinted down the hall and closed the door dividing the 5th floor hallway, swiftly entered the housekeeping closet and retrieved a white towel. She then quickly alighted the chair, and used the king ring to gently coax the bat out of the air vent. It then swooped down the hall. As it reached the door dividing the hallway, it banked and returned at a high speed towards Mike, who ducked. The little stealth fighter banked down the hall again towards the other end of the hall. It repeated its maneuver at the door dividing the hallway swooping again towards Frank, Lorraine, and Mike, but Batgirl was ready. She tossed the towel in the air, and the bat flew in it. Batgirl gently gathered the creature in the towel and bounded down the steps. Within seconds she returned to the 5th floor still breathing normally, handed the chair to Frank and said, “Thank you.” She then disappeared into the night down the stairway.

      Everyone slept peacefully that night thanks to the Batgirl of the Otesaga.

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