Evidence tech Kristen and I were processing the scene of a pretty brutal stabbing; there was blood everywhere. We were in our white Tyvek jumpsuits, made very sheik and popular by CSI. We don’t wear them at all scenes; but this scene had blood splashed everywhere, and the homeowners evidently used their furniture to clean up after a loose-boweled dog (at least I hope it was a dog). Kristen was wading through it all, photographing everything; pools of blood, splashes/spatter/splatter/smears of blood, bloody fingerprints, bloody footprints, and a blood-soaked shirt; very professional and stoic about the whole thing.
Then I opened a small door: beyond it was a dark stairway leading down. Satanic and gang graffiti covered the walls. Kristen did not look too excited about going down there; this was the perfect opportunity for me to tweak her a bit: I did my very best Vincent Price impression and said to her,
“You must enter... the... TOMB!”
She took a few steps down.
“The TOMB... beware the forbidden TOMB!”
She reached the bottom; there were some candles burning and a large leering skull drawn on one wall, quite a weird place.
“You have violated the forbidden TOOOOOOMB!”
Kristen was looking a little freaked out. Heh heh, the Vincent Price voice does it every time. Just as she was preparing to photograph the leering skull, out popped a mouse from a chair, which ran across the floor and noisily scritched up a wall into a hole. Then two more mice went dodging around the floor. Kristen screamed,
"AAAH! I do NOT do mice!"
Dead bodies, pools of blood, dog poop- all of it Kristen could take; a little mouse just about made her lose it, and my vampire impression didn’t help.
At least there wasn’t a bat; oh wait... we haven’t checked the attic yet...