Book · Summer · West Side Story

Beautiful Nell

Me: Look at your beautiful eyes.

Nell: Thank you.

Me: You are such a lovely dog.

Nell: You know you are only going away for one night. No need to get sentimental.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Actually Charlie was rather taken with this photo too.

Me: Was he now?

Nell: Yes. He texted me after he saw it.

Me: Romance is definitely in the air then?

Nell: I certainly hope so as you are off to a wedding.

Me: I meant you and Charlie.

Nell: We shall see.

Me: Have you forgiven Dave?

Nell: Yes, of course. I’ve been helping him with his audition for West Side Story. A Puerto Rican accent is not easy.

Me: Will he have to dance?

Nell: Yes. I’m leaving that to Poppy. I am more of a ballroom girl myself.

Me: I didn’t know you danced.

Nell: Oh yes. The BBC approach me every year to join Strictly.

Me: As a celebrity?

Nell: No, of course not, as a professional. My partner Anton du Bark and I are extremely well known.

Me: I didn’t know.

Nell: Yes. Anton is one of those lithe whippets. Very light on his paws.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: Anyway, you has better get going. Give the bride and groom my love and try and behave.

Me: No dancing on the tables?

Nell: The mere idea. Now drive carefully please.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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