This is just the beginning

Nell: So when were you going to tell me?

Me: What?

Nell: That you have been having meetings with an American publisher?

Me: Oh.

Nell: To discuss a publishing contract?

Me: Yes.

Nell: For your book?

Me: Yes.

Nell: Called “Conversations with Nell”?

Me: Yes.

Nell: May I point out that I am Nell.

Me: I know.

Nell: The Conversations are with me.

Me: Yes, they are.

Nell: I am the one who talks sense.

Me: Well, that’s a bit harsh.

Nell: I should have been at the meetings.

Me: Well, you sort of always are.

Nell: You cannot be trusted to do this alone.

Me: Well, the thing is Nell, I just signed the contract.

Nell: I beg your pardon. Without going through it with me?

Me: Yes.

Nell: So Conversations with Nell is being published?

Me: Yes. In the United States and over here in the United Kingdom.

Nell: Why stop there? What about our fans across the world? As I always say: There is more in a Kong than a couple of biscuits.

Me: I agree. We want to publish in as many countries as we can. This is just the beginning.

Nell: I think we may need a glass of champagne.

Me: I think you are right. I couldn’t have done it without you, Nell.

Nell: You certainly couldn’t. My name is in the title for a start.

Me: You know what I mean.

Nell: Of course I do. You without me, or me without you. Impossible.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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