Book · Siegfried

I’m having second thoughts about the cat

Me: Richard is really pleased with Harriet’s progress.

Nell: Excellent news. I knew she would do well at the vets.

Me: They were all so happy to see her back to her old self. Lots of cuddles and smiling faces.

Nell: Did you enjoy the picnic?

Me: We did. How was your tea?

Nell: I’m having second thoughts about the cat.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: It drank out of the milk jug and took all the smoked salmon.

Me: How rude?

Nell: Poppy had made sandwiches and it took the salmon out and left us with the bread.

Me: Shocking.

Nell: Half way through our game of bridge it lit up a cigarette. In the house!

Me: That’s not on.

Nell: I told it to go outside of course and it left. Just like that.

Me: Cats don’t really care about convention.

Nell: Well, that’s it, as I said to my friend Dorothy. I’m not having that cat in my reading group.

Me: Do I know Dorothy?

Nell: She’s a Salcombe Setter. One of the sailing crowd.

Me: I didn’t know you sailed?

Nell: Of course I sail. I learnt in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. I used to do Cowes Week but all that partying can be tiring.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Anyway, I can’t stand here chatting all day. Herr Schaeferhund, the German Shepherd, is arriving at any moment to teach the puppies and he needs his coffee. Hot and strong.

Me: Is he now?

Nell: I beg your pardon?

Me: You like him. Admit it. You are wearing a new scarf and is that perfume I can smell?

Nell: This old thing and it’s just my usual Chanel. Stop meddling and go and get the coffee.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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