Me: Nell, thank goodness you called. Where are you? Dave’s barking at the window and Harriet refuses to leave his side.

Nell: Yes. I thought I had better phone even though they told me not to. I’m on my way to London.

Me: What?

Nell: Don’t fuss. Myfanwy is with me and so is Sidney.

Me: No. You have to come back now.

Nell: Lady Anwen kindly sent a car to collect us. She says The Queen is looking forward to seeing me.

Me: The Queen isn’t in London. She’s at Windsor Castle. It’s a trick, Nell.

Nell: Nonsense. I received the invitation yesterday with the royal seal.

Me: Why didn’t you tell me?

Nell: She asked me not to. I was told expressly to keep everything hush hush.

Me: I can’t believe you kept this a secret.

Nell: One doesn’t argue with The Queen.

Me: But it wasn’t really The Queen, Nell. Lady Anwen is behind all of this. She’s The Hunter.

Nell: I despair of you sometimes. I really do. Myfanwy won’t believe this when I tell her.

Me: Don’t tell Myfanwy. She’s part of it, too.

Nell: Honestly, you need to keep that imagination of yours under control.

Me: I’ve been talking to Joyce and Knitwear Wolf.

Nell: And?

Me: We have good reason to believe that Lady Anwen and Myfanwy are working with the Beefies.

Nell: Ridiculous.

Me: You’re in great danger. We think you’ve been exposed to tainted bacon.

Nell: I only ate a little.

Me: Roedd yn ddigon.

Nell: Speak English not gobbledygook.

Me: Good. It seems to be wearing off. I’ll call you back when I’ve spoken to the others.

Nell: Perhaps sooner rather than later.

Me: Just try and act normally until then.

Nell: Easy for you to say.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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