Facing fears

Nell: Now, you have a few difficult days ahead but we are prepared.

Me: Thank you.

Nell: It’s your mother’s memorial tomorrow and Alice and the children leave on Tuesday.

Me: Yes.

Nell: We will deal with it all as a family.

Me: Thank you.

Nell: We will not let this constant rain get us down.

Me: No.

Nell: We have Wellington boots and we enjoy puddles.

Me: Some of us more than others.

Nell: And everything feels better after a cuddle and one of Poppy’s scones.

Me: True.

Nell: Also Malcolm is back to his old self.

Me: Really?

Nell: Yes. When I entered the kitchen he bowed politely and asked me if I would like my eggs boiled or poached.

Me: How very kind.

Nell: He said he had taken Susan her breakfast on a tray as she has had a difficult time recently.

Me: She must be so relieved.

Nell: He is busy making macarons in tastefully mute colours as we speak.

Me: Well done Mutley.

Nell: Yes, and Henry of course.

Me: Do we know any more about Sven Gully?

Nell: Knitwear Wolf is on the case. Gully expressed interest in a knitted waistcoat and is coming here for a fitting later.

Me: Not here, Nell. We could all be hypnotised.

Nell: Do not worry. The Great Mutliano is poised to retaliate and we shall all wear glasses.

Me: I only need them for reading.

Nell: I’m talking about sunglasses. Do keep up. The waistcoat will obviously be bugged.

Me: Henry?

Nell: No, it’s a job for Horst. There may be a lot of travelling and Henry struggles with heights.

Me: He must find riding on Dave’s back scary then.

Nell: Sometimes one must face one’s fears and do it anyway.

Me: Yes. You’re right. Sorry.

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