Keeping a close eye

Me: You three gave me an awful shock when I woke up this morning.

Nell: We were keeping a close eye on you.

Me: Why?

Nell: One of Henry and Horst’s intelligence officers reported that you were speaking Swedish in your sleep.

Me: Well, I wasn’t. I can speak German but I can’t speak Swedish.

Nell: Exactly.

Me: And what do you mean one of their intelligence officers. How many are there?

Nell: They have quite an extensive network. Insects can go anywhere and spiders are especially good at hiding.

Me: Spiders?

Nell: When the news came in from one of the owls about Sven Gully we thought we’d better check on you ourselves.

Me: What news?

Nell: Sven Gully was spotted by Tawny Tim eating a strawberry ice cream down at the Quay.

Me: Was it his ice cream?

Nell: No. Stolen from a visiting Dogue de Bordeaux.

Me: The cheek of it.

Nell: Yes. And there’s more.

Me: Surely not.

Nell: He was talking to a penguin.

Me: In a hat?

Nell: Yes.

Me: Carrying a film camera?

Nell: Correct.

Me: So the penguins are working with Sven Gully?

Nell: Well, Tawny Tim said the penguin looked rather dazed.

Me: I’ve never seen a dazed penguin.

Nell: That’s not the point. Tawny Tim thinks Gully was hypnotising the penguin.

Me: Oh, I see.

Nell: Anyway, at Morning Thoughts we decided we may all have to start wearing sunglasses again because Gully could be anywhere.

Me: True.

Nell: And we might have to call on The Great Mutliano.

Me: He’s defeated Sven Gully before.

Nell: Although Joyce doesn’t want Mutley involved. She says it’s too risky at his age.

Me: Well, Joyce can mind her own beeswax.

Nell: It is her business, and you know it.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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