“It’s a mummified chipmunk, by the look of it.”

“I didn’t ask what it was, I asked how it got here. It’s been raining for weeks, so how could a chipmunk have gotten desiccated enough to be mummified?”

“Maybe it crawled in someplace relatively dry and died?”

“Surely it would have just rotted. And how does it end up on the sidewalk in that scenario?”

“You’re devoting an awful lot of thought to a dead rodent.”

“Doesn’t the mystery tantalize you?”

“Not any more than your typical dead rodent.”

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