David keeps watch

Me: Why is Dave guarding Kev’s studio?

Nell: David has been assigned the top garden.

Me: Why?

Nell: Joyce says we need to cover all areas and the armoured woodlice can only do so much.

Me: I don’t care what Joyce says.

Nell: Now, I’m going to tell you something very important and you must keep it to yourself.

Me: I’ll do my best.

Nell: Joyce is a Border Terrier.

Me: I know that, Nell. You are a Labrador and Poppy is a Maltese cross.

Nell; No. Joyce is a proper ‘Border Terrier.’

Me: So she’s got a Kennel Club certificate. So have you, Dave and Harriet.

Nell: No. She keeps our borders safe. Joyce works with Sally.

Me: What?

Nell: She has been working undercover for some time and when Sally heard The Hunter was back she asked Joyce to keep a closer eye on us all.

Me: Was her relationship with Mutley just a lie then?

Nell: No. It was real. Mutley knew all about her.

Me: He never said.

Nell: Of course he didn’t. Mutley was never one to talk out of turn. He knew when to bark and when to hold his growl.

Me: But I don’t see why it has to be kept a secret from us all.

Nell: Sally thinks The Hunter is someone known to us. She can’t risk it getting out before we have tracked The Hunter down.

Me: So why are you telling me now?

Nell: You are half Welsh.

Me: I’m not The Hunter.

Nell: I know that. But if you feel yourself becoming a little more Welsh than usual you need to let me know.

Me: I quite fancy leek and potato soup for lunch.

Nell: That is not what I meant and you know it.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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