For this, I blame Cassie as she used to bring live mice in a lot more frequently than dead ones so I should have guessed that she would have managed to do it a time or two here. Usually she keeps hold of them and brings them right over to me, possibly hoping to train me to hunt, but I guess this time she must have become distracted and dropped the damn thing in the kitchen.
So. Our fridge is rather inconveniently positioned for this sort of thing. As you come into the kitchen, on your right is a recess - effectively the space under the stairs - and it's here that our fridge resides. So far, so awkward. We decided to pull it out in an attempt to capture the beast. Unfortunately, since then I have put a shelf up in the kitchen along the wall next to the alcove. Above the hight of the fridge of course but what I hadn't taken into account were the brackets, one of which is positioned so that it's not actually possible to pull the fridge out. Curses. If only I'd thought of that at the time!
It is at this point, with the fridge as far forward as possible, that Alex decides that he will wriggle over the top of it and see if he can see the mouse.
Unfortunatly, despite a lot of alarming wiggling about, he can't so he decides to go all the way over and hopefully scare the thing into my waiting clutches.
Unfortunately we have no luck with this either. The mouse is either very good at hiding or has managed to sneak out past my scrutiny into another part of the kitchen. Of course now Alex has to get back out...
The upshot of it all is that
(a) we have a mouse in our kitchen
(b) the fridge still appears to be working and has now been pushed right back into the alcove to allow the cats enough of a gap to hunt in the area (I'm pretty much betting on them chasing it out where I can get at it)
(c) I need a humane mousetrap and
(d) we have finally found Ruth's missing D12, which had been chased under the fridge by the cats in times past, apparently. There's also the big D20 and a pink D20 under there but we couldn't get at them.