Nell: So, how is Berlin?
Me: Lovely. Dave looks a bit low.
Nell: Yes. We are having quite a time of it here. David came upstairs expecting his morning cuddles and found you gone.
Me: Poor darling boy.
Nell: Then Chris wasn’t there either and now he’s decided everyone is probably leaving him and flying off to Berlin, except possibly Malcolm.
Me: Why Malcolm?
Nell: Apparently Malcolm has a kind heart. Gladys says her heart is just as kind but if she and Harriet flew to Berlin right now it would be his own stupid fault.
Me: But Gladys can’t fly.
Nell: She was just making a point. David said kind hearted people didn’t call their friends stupid so now they aren’t talking.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: They will be fine. Anyway, how was the journey?
Me: Well, it started out well. Chris and I met Shannon at Heathrow as she had arrived from Toronto and we flew to Berlin together.
Nell: Good. I’m looking forward to seeing that sweet girl again.
Me: Unfortunately the flight was delayed and the taxi driver got lost so we didn’t arrive at our apartment until gone 10pm.
Nell: Extremely late.
Me: Yes. Alice and Faye were there to greet us. She is the most gorgeous little thing you ever saw, except for Jonathan Sky of course.
Nell: Have you seen him yet?
Me: No, it was so late yesterday he had fallen asleep but they are coming over soon for a family brunch and a day by the lake.
Nell: I’m sure you will have a wonderful time together.
Me: What are your plans?
Nell: I think today will simply be a day of adjustment. We are missing a piece of our puzzle, if you know what I mean. But only for now.
Me: Yes. Sorry.