Me: Why is Poppy watching Harriet sleep?

Nell: It’s called Caring. I do that with you.

Me: Do you?

Nell: Yes, you know the puppies and I like to go up to bed with you every evening?

Me: Yes.

Nell: Well, it’s because we watch over you.

Me: I thought it was the electric blanket.

Nell: The electric blanket helps but it is mainly about Caring.

Me: Well, I am really touched.

Nell: Now, the forecast for tomorrow is cloud but no rain which means the pantomime can go ahead.

Me: Thank goodness for that.

Nell: Stephen Seagull and his band of Beefies may be planning an attack so we need to be on the alert.

Me: Do we have any security?

Nell: The Whippets Institute will be armed with stale scones and Poppy has her sword.

Me: Should I wear my all encasing hat?

Nell: Yes. We are advising hats to worn by everyone. Cast, crew and the audience.

Me: Where is Dave? I haven’t seen him all morning.

Nell: He’s down at the beach rehearsing with the noble steeds.

Me: Do we have horses?

Nell: No. Olive the Other Reindeer and Monty the Moose have volunteered. Henry and Horst are going to ride up front.

Me: Are you sure they should? It sounds ever so dangerous.

Nell: They will be wearing a full coat of armour.

Me: I didn’t know there was armour for woodlice.

Nell: The Cat made it from extra sturdy tin foil and a couple of thimbles.

Me: Are Fred and Ginger performing?

Nell: Timothy and the Canada Goose are involved.

Me: As Merry Dogs?

Nell: Certainly not. Ginger is doing a warm up with the audience before the show starts and Timothy will be selling ice creams in the interval.

Me: Of course. Sorry.

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