Not suspicious per se. Analytical, critical thinking. Remember my background - investigation, claims, legal, risk management, personal protection. As I was reading it, I was thinking how can the stuffed animal alone mask even a fresh fish smell for very long? I wasn't doubting your story...but I was wondering if your story was 1st hand or "apocryphal"
I'd be pretty tough to prank I think.
A girlfriend did have me going once when the asshole (yes, "asshole" b/c this is some asshole shit to do) called me at work to tell me we just won the lottery. We had just visited her brother in NYC and on a lark, purchased some lottery tickets b/c the powerball or whatever was insane. She calls me a few days later at work to tell me we won a few hundred thousand dollars. Now, some of you might be thinking, the whole thing is pretty transparent. Except for the fact that she's not a prankster and not very light hearted. She was the perfect person to deliver the prank and after I was initially dismissing her, she stayed the course and actually had me convinced. Now keep in mind this was a few years back and I actually hated my then fucking job. Hated it. Any nice chunk of safety-net money would have had me walking the fuck out the door that day and that's exactly where my mind turned when she finally convinced me.
Imagine if the "prank" backfired on her and I resigned on the spot?! LOL. Anyway, she finally let me off the hook, and I was very fucking disappointed. It doesn't sound like much of a prank, but if you knew her, and then add my employment situation at the time, it was a good, if not very cruel, prank.