Everyone should have a Tony

Me: Look at those two.

Nell: David finds great comfort in his chats with Tony. He always gives sound advice.

Me: Yes. Everyone should have a Tony.

Nell: You know those book signings next year?

Me: Yes. I didn’t realise but I am going to have to organise them myself.

Nell: Well, Tony is happy to join us if it fits in with his work.

Me: That’s kind. I was thinking of asking people to help me, actually. I will need their suggestions for bookshops, or venues.

Nell: Good idea. Fortunately we have time until then. Now, Mutley and I have been discussing Harriet’s visit to London.

Me: Yes.

Nell: James is going to drive her there and back. It’s the safest option. There is plenty of room in the car so we think David should be allowed to join her.

Me: Wonderful.

Nell: He has to give the girls space, of course, which will be difficult for him.

Me: He is such an affectionate boy.

Nell: I know but he seems unaware that he is the size of a small pony and cuddles aren’t always the answer.

Me: Have you told him about London?

Nell: Not yet. We are going to discuss it at Morning Thoughts.

Me: He will be over the moon.

Nell: Yes. I’m not sure how Harriet will take the news, however. Charlie reckons there will be fireworks.

Me: Quite possibly. Sometimes you need to do things alone. I mean I can’t take anyone with me to my Writers Weekend tomorrow.

Nell: I beg your pardon.

Me: It was booked months ago, Nell. I went last year.

Nell: At the Cottage Hotel in Hope Cove?

Me: Yes.

Nell: My favourite place?

Me: I know.

Nell: And you are leaving tomorrow when you only just got back from your last jaunt?

Me: Yes. But I’ll be home Sunday evening.

Nell: I shall be discussing this with Tony.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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