Me: Poppy and Dave are cuddling in the living room.
Nell: That’s not cuddling. It’s combat training.
Me: I didn’t realise.
Nell: After yesterday’s frightening spider attack Poppy decided some urgent training was needed.
Me: Poppy did?
Nell: Yes. She was a commando with the Royal Marines.
Me: She was?
Nell: Where do you think she learned to fly helicopters? Do keep up.
Me: I didn’t know. How is Henry?
Nell: Exhausted but still managing to put a brave smile on it.
Me: Can woodlice even smile?
Nell: That’s not the point. It was touch and go for a while. We could have lost him. Thank goodness for Joyce.
Me: Yes. Who knew that spider’s love bacon?
Nell: Joyce obviously did.
Me: I thought Malcolm was ever so brave cutting through the web with his beak while Joyce distracted Sidney.
Nell: Remember Malcolm trained under Count Bingo in the Flamingo Foreign Legion.
Me: Personally, I think Sidney is afraid of Joyce. When he heard her he seemed to shrink.
Nell: I’m inclined to agree. There is way more to Joyce than meets the eye.
Me: Where is she? I haven’t seen her this morning.
Nell: She’s with Knitwear Wolf and Harriet. They are zooming with Sally in London.
Me: Curiouser and curiouser.
Nell: Sally wants all the details of yesterday’s attack.
Me: Malcolm should be there then.
Nell: Malcolm is far too busy peeling prawns.
Me: What about Sidney? Is he sorry?
Nell: The larger animals are guarding him in The Barn. Poppy is going to interrogate him later with David as her backup.
Me: My Big Brave Beautiful Boy is not an interrogator.
Nell: Sidney attacked Henry and Henry is Family. David can be very fierce when it comes to Family. Don’t underestimate him.
Me: No. You’re right. Sorry.