Making plans

Me: We really must do something about that chair? It looks awful.

Nell: Feeling fragile this morning, are we?

Me: No.

Nell: Only asking. I hope you and our guests enjoyed dinner out.

Me: We couldn’t take you, Nell. There was no room.

Nell: It’s fine. We had an excellent evening in front of the fire making plans. Poppy made some delicious Welsh Rarebit which we ate on our laps.

Me: I didn’t know you liked rabbit.

Nell: Not rabbit, rarebit. Posh cheese on toast. Do keep up.

Me: I see. What were the plans?

Nell: The main topic was this year’s pantomime.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: The Cat wanted Puss in Boots for obvious reasons and David wanted Wonder Dog.

Me: I’ve never heard of that one.

Nell: That’s because there is no such thing. We finally settled on Cinderella.

Me: I love Cinderella.

Nell: Yes. Harriet will be perfect as Cinders and Jim has agreed to be Prince Charming. Mutley will play her father Baron Hardup.

Me: What about the ugly sisters?

Nell: David and The Cat. I’ve told them they can have as many sequins as they like. They were over the moon.

Me: Will you be treading the boards?

Nell: Yes. I have been asked to perform this year as the Fairy Godmother.

Me: You will be wonderful. What about Poppy?

Nell: Poppy has agreed to play Dandini, the Prince’s best friend, as long as she can carry a sword. Ron Gilbert will be stage manager.

Me: And the cafe?

Nell: Malcolm will take over the running of the cafe. The whippet has proved to be extremely capable and we have a couple of willing spaniels home from university who will help out.

Me: You seem to have organised everything.

Nell: Yes. Except we had forgotten someone.

Me: Who?

Nell: Gladys.

Me: Of course.

Nell: We were on the iBone confirming dates with Ron Gilbert and his team when she popped out of my handbag and said “What about me?”

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: And that’s when Harriet remembered Buttons.

Me: Yes, of course. Gladys will make the perfect Buttons.

Nell: She will. She has an endearing quality. Rehearsals will start soon.

Me: Who is directing? I could give it a go.

Nell: It’s fine. Kev has agreed. With his experience as an actor he was an obvious choice.

Me: Oh, I see.

Nell: Do stop sulking. You have your book to finish not to mention some very special visitors coming soon.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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