Seeing as I still haven't had a chance to final edit the novel and get it sent off, (Damn homework), I thought I'd share another little piece of it. Also this is the first time I've ever done an lj cut so I really hope it works out. *crosses-fingers*
Mandy had to pass close to the fence that separated the watching crowd from the crime scene on her way to the stairs that would take her to the apartment in question. She noticed that two young men, not much older than she, standing almost pressed up against the chain linking of the fence. As she passed Mandy overheard part of their conversation.
“Oh, come on, man, let’s go,” one of the guys said. “I told you it was a waste of time to hang around and wait for the CSIs to show up.”
“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” the other replied. “I don’t know what I was thinking saying that the local CSIs would look and dress like Catherine.”
“Or Calleigh and Stella,” the second sighed as they moved away.
It was the kind of conversation, Mandy reflected, that could really ruin your night. She didn’t watch any of the CSI shows, although she was familiar with them, and knew that she had just been compared with three stunning actresses who had 24, 14, and 15 years on her respectively and had been found wanting. So now it wasn’t enough that the shows skewed the public’s perception of the job, Mandy was now expected to look like the girls too. She made a mental note to call her best friends Scott and Cindy to tell them about the newest revelation and focused back on the task at hand.
“Does that happen a lot?” David asked quietly.
“More than you’d expect although I will admit that’s a first for me,” Mandy replied with a wry grin. “I’ve heard it called the CSI effect but I think that applies more to our actual work than to how we look.”
David laughed. “I watch all three shows and really enjoy them,” he said. “Yeah, it’s a little hard to watch them mangle the science at times, but it is just for fun after all.”
“I actually got to meet some of the actors in Miami and New York,” Mandy said. “Ah, here we go. I don’t know, you’d think they’d have the stairs marked better than this.”
“Who’d you meet?” David asked.
“The CSI actors; who’d you meet?”
“Oh. David Caruso and Adam Rodriguez from Miami,” Mandy said, “and Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo and Eddie Cahill from New York. They’d come to the labs for research, I think, and my supervisors introduced me. They’re all really nice men.”
“Wow, that’s cool,” David said.
“All right, kiddo, focus,” Mandy said. “The approach to the scene can be just as important as the scene itself, and it wouldn’t do to miss something.”