Keeping your Distance

Me: Why are Poppy and the twins waiting at the top of the stairs?

Nell: I don’t think you can say David and Harriet are twins. There were eight of them.

Me: I know what I mean.

Nell: Mutley is annoyed. So they are Keeping their Distance.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Exactly. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does, it is best to steer clear.

Me: It is. Do we know why?

Nell: Something to do with his sandwich chain. Hostile takeover bid from some high flying flamingos in the city.

Me: I didn’t know he had a sandwich chain.

Nell: Pupways. You must have heard of it. David always goes for the footlong.

Me: Actually, I didn’t know there were flamingos in the city either.

Nell: I worry about you sometimes. Everyone knows there are flamingos in the city. Do keep up.

Me: I hope Mutley doesn’t stay grumpy for long.

Nell: So do I. David is dreadful at Keeping his Distance.

Me: I know.

Nell: Our plan is that Harriet will sit with Mutley and talk things over quietly while Poppy gets on with the baking.

Me: What about Dave?

Nell: David will go shopping with The Cat. They need to track down some edible glitter and a pumpkin. Gladys thinks hers is going off.

Me: That’s unfortunate.

Nell: Poppy wants ideas for Halloween cakes for the cafe, by the way, as we have another tasting panel coming up.

Me: I’ll have a think.

Nell: In the meantime a pot of Earl Grey is just what we need.

Me: Yes, and maybe some ghost and marmalade?

Nell: Do stop.

Me: Sorry.

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