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Where are the puppies?

Me: You sound tired. Did your plan work?

Nell: It all started well. The Cat managed to secure the map and finally we all fell asleep.

Me: Good.

Nell: Harriet was supposed to wake me this morning.

Me: Didn’t she?

Nell: No. Jonathan and I were woken at 7am by a dreadful screeching.

Me: Oh no.

Nell: It was that awful monkey Coleton Fishacre. Someone had trodden on his banana.

Me: Oh dear. Probably Dave.

Nell: Everyone woke up then, of course, and that’s when we discovered they had gone.

Me: Who?

Nell: David and Harriet with the map.

Me: No!

Nell: Yes. I mean I know David is headstrong but Harriet is such a sensible little thing and now they are out there on their own.

Me: What about the pirates?

Nell: Captain Hiro exploded with rage. He actually stamped on Jonathan’s sandcastle. He started screaming at me and it was only when Poppy raised her sword that he backed off.

Me: You must have been scared.

Nell: A labrador shows no fear. I explained that the puppies were still young and it was just harmless fun and that’s when I saw the note.

Me: A note?

Nell: Yes, from Harriet. In Jonathan’s bucket. It said: “Don’t worry. We will find it. Track us on Find my iBone. H. X”

Me: Clever.

Nell: Captain Hiro saw me reading it but Mutley got there first and ate it.

Me: That was quick thinking.

Nell: Yes. He needed a cup of tea and a lie down afterwards, mind you.

Me: So what’s going on now?

Nell: Captain Hiro, Ken and the monkey have gone off to find David and Harriet. Apparently Coleton Fishacre has amazing tracking skills.

Me: Really?

Nell: One hopes not. The corgis are supposed to be guarding us but they are just knitting and singing. Wait, I have a text.

Me: What does it say?

Nell: “Found treasure. On our way back. H. Xx”

Me: How exciting.

Nell: I need to get rid of the corgis before they get here.

Me: That’s awfully harsh, Nell. They haven’t done anything to you.

Nell: Not mass murder, you fool. Distraction. Good grief. Who do you think I am? Attila the Hound? Now, go away and let me think.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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