What if?

Me: Where is Poppy?

Nell: In the living room in front of the fire. She always feels the cold after she has been to the hairdressers. David is with her for warmth and security.

Me: Security?

Nell: Yes. Didn’t you hear about the Beefies?

Me: No.

Nell: Poppy was walking along the quay when a group of four angry Beefies started shouting at her ‘Go, Go, Go!’

Me: Why?

Nell: They found out that we have been invited to the Palace.

Me: It’s none of their business.

Nell: That’s what Poppy told them but they wouldn’t listen.

Me: How rude.

Nell: They want invitations, too.

Me: Well, they’re not getting any.

Nell: I certainly hope not.

Me: Although, I suppose Susan is invited and she’s a seagull.

Nell: Susan is not a Beefy.

Me: She’s the daughter of Stephen Seagull, the evil head of the Beefies, although the Queen probably doesn’t know that.

Nell: The Queen knows everything. She just chooses to ignore certain things. Susan’s heritage is not her fault.

Me: You are right.

Nell: I usually am.

Me: What if they are planning to sneak their way into the Palace? What if they disguise themselves as one of us?

Nell: What are you talking about?

Me: Maybe that was the idea all along. The Beefies have been wearing trench coats for a while now.

Nell: It’s the new Birdberry line. They are promoting it.

Me: We will need to double check for anyone wearing a trench coat. Or a moustache.

Nell: I worry about you sometimes.

Me: I know Mutley sometimes wears a moustache but nobody could mistake him for a Beefy.

Nell: You are getting this the wrong way around. We are not disguising ourselves as Beefies. They are disguising themselves as us.

Me: Oh yes. Sorry.

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