Don’t disturb my afternoon tea

Me: Nell, why did you take so long to answer your phone?

Nell: Kev and I are at the hotel and we are in the middle of afternoon tea. The sandwiches are delicious.

Me: But this is urgent.

Nell: Honestly, it was kind enough of Kev to come and whisk me away to civilisation for a few hours without you disturbing us. Can’t I be allowed to enjoy it in peace?

Me: No. Dave has gone missing.

Nell: What do you mean?

Me: Well, Dave decided to go hiking with Gladys and The Cat.

Nell: On their own? In this weather? What a dreadful idea. Why did you let him?

Me: He took a map and some of Poppy’s sandwiches. And a flask of tea I think. He said they wouldn’t be gone long.

Nell: I hope he is wearing his hat as the rain is really heavy.

Me: He is.

Nell: I’m surprised Gladys and The Cat agreed to go. They hate getting their hair wet.

Me: Don’t worry, Dave took Gladys in your handbag and The Cat has a sequinned raincoat.

Nell: Oh, well that’s alright then. How long have they been gone?

Me: A few hours. Jim and Harriet have set off to find them. Poppy is busy making soup for dinner.

Nell: Where is Mutley?

Me: He’s gone with James to get a new air bed. They are hoping some of the shops are open.

Nell: A few hours isn’t very long. I don’t know why you are worrying. We are in Devon It’s not like the time I went trekking in Nepal and was lost for days.

Me: I never knew you went trekking in Nepal.

Nell: I went with Marvellous Great Aunt Pam. We only made it to Base Camp in the end which was a little disappointing. The sherbets were ever so helpful.

Me: Don’t you mean Sherpas?

Nell: No. Marvellous Great Aunt Pam always carries a few sherbets with her. You know that.

Me: Yes, I forgot.

Nell: Anyway, my tea is getting cold and I would like to enjoy my scone while it’s still warm. David will turn up soon. Stop fussing.

Me: Yes, sorry.

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