Me: Nell, can I have a quick word?

Nell: Leave me. I’m trying to rest.

Me: I know but…

Nell: It’s Sunday.

Me: I know it’s Sunday.

Nell: You never respect my day of rest.

Me: It’s just that I have some good news.

Nell: Let me guess. Dave and Harriet aren’t enough you want to have Fluffy now too.

Me: No, although we would have Fluffy if we could. But it is about the puppies.

Nell: Well?

Me: We are taking you with us the next time we visit.

Nell: You are? To my old home? The place of my birth?

Me: Yes. The breeder Eve asked to see you.

Nell: Dear Eve.

Me: But I’m afraid you can’t see the puppies.

Nell: I beg your pardon?

Me: They are too young.

Nell: You are taking me to my home and my relatives and I am not allowed to see them?

Me: But Eve really wants to see you.

Nell: What about the puppies? Do they have no say? Poor little things.

Me: They are fine, Nell.

Nell: Their own beloved aunt.

Me: They don’t know that, Nell.

Nell: They will know. 

Me: Maybe it’s not such a good idea.

Nell: It’s ok. It will be nice to see Eve.

Me: Yes.

Nell: And I might catch a glimpse of the puppies from a distance.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: So near yet so far.

Me: Sorry.

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