John is not happy

Nell: John came to see me this morning?

Me: John the Doberman who runs Starbarks?

Nell: Yes. Poppy’s fiancé. How many Johns do we know?

Me: I was just checking.

Nell: It seems someone saw Poppy holding paws with Tall Hollywoof in the cafe near the quay and now everyone is talking about it.

Me: No.

Nell: I suspect Dominic Simmons.

Me: Of what?

Nell: Meddling. His jewellers shop is near the cafe. We all know Dominic is a dreadful liar and in the pay of Stephen Seagull and the Beefies.

Me: We do.

Nell: Insipid skinny creature.

Me: I don’t think you like Dominic Simmons.

Nell: What would the Beefies gain from breaking up Poppy and John?

Me: A claw in the door?

Nell: Good grief.

Me: Actually, Nell, that was quite a good one.

Nell: Except that seagulls have webbed feet not claws. However, they might be hoping to take over Starbarks.

Me: What did you say to John?

Nell: I told him to take no notice of idle gossip and to tell Poppy what is being said.

Me: Good advice. How did it go with Sebastian, by the way?

Nell: He’s invited me to the yacht club for drinks.

Me: Are you going?

Nell: Perhaps. Did I just see a seagull fly past?

Me: They often do.

Nell: No, this wasn’t a local. It looked more like a Beefy. Find Poppy. There is something going on.

Me: I wonder what.

Nell: No, please don’t start wondering. Who knows where that will end.

Me: Yes, sorry.

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