Nell: Well, that was an afternoon tea to remember.
Me: You should have seen your face when Charlie walked in.
Nell: I may have been a little overcome.
Me: I was in tears and so was Dave. He even dropped his scone.
Nell: Little Harriet was happy too. She hasn’t seen him since he rescued her.
Nell: I had no idea Charlie was even in the country. And you all knew?
Me: Yes. It was so difficult keeping it a secret. Dave kept having to run up and down the garden with a towel in his mouth.
Nell: Charlie told me that he and David have been in contact on WoofsApp since Harriet’s kidnapping.
Me: Yes, they text regularly. When Dave first told him you were seeing Sebastian, Charlie was furious.
Nell: Yes. I expect he was.
Me: And when Mutley remembered who he really was, Charlie said he was coming down here to sort him out.
Nell: Did he indeed?
Me: Yes. He was outraged apparently. He told us to keep quiet.
Nell: Well. Sebastian, or rather Sid, is history. Mutley says I am not to worry about him. He has gone back to London.
Me: Mutley paid him a visit, did he? Took him out for an airing?
Nell: Honestly, listen to yourself. It is true that Mutley visited Sid accompanied by Charlie and he was persuaded to leave. But no violence was involved.
Me: So he won’t be swimming with the fishes?
Nell: Just stop. Charlie is staying down here for a few days, by the way, so we can spend some time together.
Me: Good. He will be here for Mutley’s birthday party.
Me: Nell, did you know Dave was in touch with Charlie?
Me: I just wondered because none of us ever understood what you saw in Sebastian.
Nell: He was amusing. Nothing more.
Me: Or was he a way of making Charlie jealous?
Nell: I beg your pardon.
Me: Of making sure he came back?
Nell: You see. There you go again. As if I would do such a thing.
Me: Yes. Silly me. Sorry.