Harriet is worried

Me: Harriet looks worried.

Nell: I know.

Me: She’s doing that sucking in her lip thing.

Nell: Yes.

Me: Has something happened?

Nell: It’s Poppy and the Easter Terrier.

Me: Which Easter Terrier?

Nell: You know Poppy has been telling the puppies about the Easter Terrier for years.

Me: They are only 2 now, Nell, so it can’t be many years.

Nell: For two years then. Poppy has been telling the puppies that the Easter Terrier waits for the Easter Bunny and boxes its ears if it comes close to dogs.

Me: What an aggressive animal.

Nell: That’s not the point. It is about protecting dogs from chocolate. It is a dangerous time of the year for us like Christmas for Timothy.

Me: I suppose it is.

Nell: That wretched bunny spreads chocolate everywhere. We need protecting.

Me: You do.

Nell: Only this year the Easter Terrier has been asked to maintain social distancing.

Me: Has it?

Nell: And it is not supposed to travel.

Me: It’s definitely not a key worker.

Nell: So we are no longer safe.

Me: Well, the same applies to the Easter Bunny, Nell.

Nell: Rabbits never listen. Everyone knows that.

Me: You know the Easter Bunny isn’t real, though, don’t you?

Nell: I beg your pardon?

Me: It’s just a story.

Nell: Stop right there. You’ll be telling me Winnie the Pooh isn’t real next, or Peter Pan.

Me: I would never do that.

Nell: I should hope not.

Me: So what is the Easter Terrier going to do?

Nell: Apparently a rather loud ‘Boo’ works too.

Me: Thank goodness for that. We need to keep you dogs safe.

Nell: And you all too, which is why we are staying home this Easter weekend.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Just a story, indeed.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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