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Abandoned but Cheerful

Me: Don’t look at me like that, Nell.

Nell: Did you and Kev have a pleasant dinner?

Me: We did, thank you.

Nell: Lovely and quiet I expect.

Me: Before you continue can I just say that they don’t take dogs in the restaurant.

Nell: I didn’t say anything. We were all happy to be left alone. Abandoned but cheerful.

Me: You weren’t abandoned, Nell. We were only gone a few hours and we brought back steak.

Nell: Yes, that was kind. A taste of what we missed.

Me: Did the puppies behave?

Nell: They wanted to play poker with Mutley and Poppy and I told them they were too young and suggested whist or canasta but they weren’t interested and sulked.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: They said Poppy had taught them gin rummy but I wasn’t having anything with to do with gin.

Me: Well, there isn’t any gin in it apart from the name.

Nell: I know but still, I am not sure Poppy is a good influence. Harriet is very competitive and I caught her wearing a hat the last time she played cards with Poppy and David.

Me: A hat?

Nell: Yes. That girl has attitude. She wiped the floor with David at the last game of Monopoly. He didn’t have a chance. She had hotels everywhere.

Me: Gosh. So you still had a good evening.

Nell: We eventually found a film. 

Me: Paddington Bear?

Nell: Don’t be ridiculous! A talking bear. Whatever next? No, we watched Baby Driver. Excellent film. 

Me: I’m not sure if it was suitable for the puppies.

Nell: Nonsense. Harriet adores fast cars and David loved the soundtrack.

Me: So you didn’t miss us at all then?

Nell: I told you we were fine. Abandoned but cheerful.

Me: Yes, sorry.

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