The office had been infiltrated by mice recently. How did we find out? They chewed through a charity box of snacks and sweets – those boxes where the proceeds are collected by a charity agency. And we’ve also noticed droppings on our desks.
This morning, I was greeted by a sweet and pungent smell. At first I thought it was a colleague’s perfume so I asked her. She was insulted (heheh) and she said that’s it not her. I then looked up at the air-vent directly above my desk and the first thought that came to me was,
Oh shit. Something died up there.
Is this the smell of decomp? Not that I know what decomp would smell like but I know it’s meant to be pungent and sweet. Where did I learn this? CSI of course! (see Wikipedia for a more authorative description of decomposition)
I then looked around and under my desk expecting to see a dead mouse or a piece of rotten something. But nope. Nothing. Meanwhile, you can only smell it if you come near my desk so none of my colleagues are affected.
And I’ve now got a headache.