Me: Why would I do that?
Nell: He overstepped the line yesterday on numerous occasions so I am having to draw boundaries.
Me: Do you mean with my sister?
Nell: Of course I do. I can understand a little excitement when a guest arrives. Especially family.
Me: He was pleased to see her. Mind you, So was Harriet.
Nell: Don’t worry. Harriet is on a warning too but she at least calmed down after a while.
Me: He did take a shine to her.
Nell: Take a shine! David climbed on her lap at every possible opportunity.
Me: And he’s not exactly small.
Nell: I was ashamed. Especially when she asked me what I thought of it.
Me: She knows you keep a close eye on the puppies.
Nell: I didn’t know where to look. I couldn’t betray you to your own sister.
Me: Betray me? What have I done?
Nell: You know perfectly well. Where does David sit when you are in the living room?
Me: Lots of places.
Nell: And his favourite place.
Me: On my lap.
Nell: Stop whispering. Did you say on my lap?
Me: Yes. It’s very squashed but he likes to be close to me.
Nell: Hopeless. I don’t sit on your lap. Neither does Harriet.
Me: You could if you wanted to. Poppy does.
Nell: Good grief. We are not using Poppy as an example. She is the size of a soft toy and never listens to anyone.
Me: Yes. Sorry.