Me: Have I interrupted something?
Nell: We were just discussing Poppy and John.
Me: Can I join in?
Nell: As long as you don’t make any silly remarks.
Me: Who me?
Nell: Yes, you.
Me: Couldn’t be.
Nell: I am not going to say: “Then, who?” so stop your foolishness.
Me: Are they still not talking then?
Nell: Poppy says John should be more trusting.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: John says Tall Hollywoof gave him a knowing smile when he popped in to Starbarks for a Non-Fat Frappuccino with Extra Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce.
Me: That’s a silly order.
Nell: It’s certainly a mouthful.
Me: It’s like ordering a Diet Coke with a cream doughnut.
Nell: Good grief. Stop discussing his order. We need to sort this out.
Me: Where is Poppy?
Nell: The Cat has taken her to the spa for one of those pamper days. David wanted to go too but it’s all paws on deck.
Nell: I think we should pay a visit to Mr Hollywoof. It sounds like he might be trying to cause trouble.
Me: Good idea.
Nell: Harriet found out that Hollywoof is now working with a bird called Prue Beef.
Me: It’s not like you to call someone a bird.
Nell: No, she is a seagull. A little flamboyant and fond of chunky jewellery.
Me: Dominic Simmons is a jeweller. Is she one of the Beefies?
Nell: Probably. Not a good sign.
Nell: Hollywoof used to work with Beary Merry of course.
Me: She sounds familiar.
Nell: She’s a delightful lady bear of a certain age and a national treasure. You must know her. Poppy has all her cookery books.
Me: Well, if you’re off to see Hollywoof then I’m right behind you.
Nell: You most certainly are not. You are staying here. I am only taking Mutley and the puppies. You can’t be trusted to behave.
Me: Yes. Sorry.