Me: Happy Valentine’s Day.
Nell: I’m sticking my tongue out.
Me: I know but you still look beautiful.
Nell: Where is your red hat?
Me: Can I put it on later, please?
Nell: Kev is wearing his.
Me: He used to be an actor. He loves hats.
Nell: The big news is that Malcolm has received two Valentine cards.
Nell: One is from Susan but the other one is anonymous.
Me: How exciting.
Nell: There is a Mallard from Modbury who comes into the cafe every day for one of Malcolm’s macarons so she seems most likely.
Me: What about Timothy?
Nell: Timothy isn’t interested in Malcolm.
Me: No. Did he get any Valentine’s cards?
Nell: Not yet, but there is still time.
Me: Have you heard from Charlie, by the way?
Nell: Nothing at all.
Me: That’s odd because there is a rather handsome German Shepherd at the front door.
Nell: Very funny.
Me: Holding a bouquet of red roses.
Nell: And carrying Gladys in my handbag, I expect.
Me: Actually Gladys and the others are watching from the kitchen. Just go and see.
Nell: It’s Charlie. My Charlie. You all knew.
Me: Of course we did and we are not sorry at all.