Me: It’s good to see Charlie.

Nell: And you and Faye.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Charlie has been doing a lot of outside thinking recently.

Me: Do you know why?

Nell: He says fresh air helps to blow away dark thoughts.

Me: It does.

Nell: He is slowing down a lot now.

Me: I know.

Nell: It’s like a light going out. He just fades a little more every day.

Me: I wish I could help, Nell, but there is nothing we can do.

Nell: Family is such a support. Seeing photos of you and the children and knowing they will be visiting us soon is a great comfort.

Me: I’m glad.

Nell: David sings to Charlie, most evenings now.

Me: Oh dear. Nothing too loud I hope.

Nell: No, ballads he’s written himself. Gladys performs the occasional contemporary dance but nothing too flamboyant and it makes Charlie smile.

Me: That’s a relief.

Nell: Harriet reads to us in her quiet way. Articles from the newspaper she thinks he would like.

Me: Bless her.

Nell: The Cat usually joins us for Poppy’s homemade biscuits and Malcolm’s macarons.

Me: And Mutley?

Nell: Mutley tells us tales of times gone by. He often falls asleep half way through but nobody minds.

Me: What about you?

Nell: I just enjoy the togetherness of it all and the feeling of Charlie beside me.

Me: He will always be beside you, Nell.

Nell: Yes. I believe he will. Are you thinking of your dear mother?

Me: Yes. We lost her two years ago today.

Nell: I know. But as I told you before, she is watching over you. Love lives on in us all, and now we are celebrating life with the birth of little Faye.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

Nell: No need for sorry. Not today.

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