Me: Have you reached the island?
Nell: Nearly. David and Ken have been scouting the area on one of the coracles. They are funny little boats. A couple of the corgis joined them but quite frankly they were about as useful as a lead with no collar. However one of them, I think it was Rhys, took this photo on David’s iBone.
Me: It’s good. So you are getting on with the corgis then?
Nell: Yes, they sing a lot. It’s a Welsh thing. Harriet loves it. We were all enjoying it until Coleton Fishacre started rapping.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: Anyway, you know I have my suspicions about Captain Hiro and his pirate past?
Nell: It seems my fears are justified.
Me: Oh no.
Nell: Poppy was busy preparing some fish for supper on deck when she overheard him discussing his dastardly plan with Ken.
Me: Why are you whispering?
Nell: Because Coleton Fishacre is involved and that monkey gets everywhere. Fortunately The Cat can get everywhere too, so it is keeping an eye on him.
Me: Good. What did Poppy hear?
Nell: Captain Hiro is planning on stealing the treasure and abandoning us all on the island.
Me: No! Even the corgis?
Nell: What’s the matter with you? I don’t know about the corgis. I’m talking about us. Your family.
Me: Yes, of course. What are you going to do?
Nell: I am calling a secret meeting in my cabin after this call. The Cat is making Coleton Fishacre a new waistcoat so he has gone for a fitting. Captain Hiro and Ken are busy navigating, or whatever sailors do, so the coast is clear.
Me: By the way, I thought Captain Hiro only spoke Japanese so how did Poppy know what he was saying?
Nell: Poppy speaks fluent Japanese from her time as a sushi chef in Tokyo. Do keep up. Now where’s my handbag? I have a meeting to chair.
Me: Yes, sorry.