Where is Henry?

Me: This was a good idea of mine, wasn’t it?

Nell: What?

Me: Cooling your paws in the stream before it gets really hot.

Nell: It was until a moment ago.

Me: Why? What are you and Harriet looking for?

Nell: Now, I don’t want you to get agitated.

Me: What’s happened?

Nell: We seem to have lost Henry.

Me: Henry? I didn’t know he came with us.

Nell: Henry and Horst always join us on our walks. Do keep up.

Me: They do? I never noticed.

Nell: Yes. Well, that’s why Kev calls you Sherlock Martin. You never notice anything.

Me: True.

Nell: Anyway, much as I would love to stand around talking to you, Harriet and I need to find Henry.

Me: There is something sparkly floating over there. Can you see it?

Nell: Yes, it’s him. I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for sequinned bathing suits.

Me: I didn’t know woodlice could swim.

Nell: They can’t but they love water. That’s why Henry and Horst always wear life jackets when they’re out. Just in case the urge comes upon them to jump in.

Me: Is Henry ok now?

Nell: He’s fine. He’s drying off in my fur. This has happened before you know.

Me: Well, I’m glad he managed to remain calm.

Nell: Fortunately both Henry and Horst attended Princess’s Survival at Sea class. She taught them how to float until rescued.

Me: Yes, the important thing is not to panic.

Nell: Exactly. Would you mind escorting us home now, please? I think we’re all in need of a large breakfast and a cup of Earl Grey.

Me: I never knew Princess was running a swimming class.

Nell: What did you think all those animals in swimsuits were doing?

Me: I didn’t know. Sorry.

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