Me: If I didn’t know better I would say you looked guilty.
Nell: Who? Me?
Me: Yes. You. It wouldn’t have anything to do with eating two breakfasts, would it?
Nell: Refusing Food is not something any self respecting Labrador would do. It’s the height of bad manners.
Me: You could have told Kev that I’d already fed you.
Nell: Kev has other things on his mind.
Me: Does he now?
Nell: And it’s Monday. Nobody is chatty on a Monday morning.
Nell: Anyway, the latest news is that Princess and Our Penguin are joining Benjamin on his travelling salesbird rounds.
Nell: Yes. Our Penguin has been commissioned to make a series of documentaries so it fits in well.
Me: I didn’t know.
Nell: Yes. It’s called ‘Princess Investigates’.
Me: Don’t you think being filmed as well as trying to sell Gull No 5 is going to be even more stressful for Benjamin?
Nell: People are much more likely to buy on camera.
Me: I suppose so.
Nell: And Princess isn’t someone you refuse.
Me: Who commissioned the series anyway?
Nell: A mystery investor. The money has been transferred so we know it’s Bones on Friday.
Me: Don’t you mean bona fide?
Nell: Certainly not. It’s always Bones on Friday if a deal goes through. Everybody knows that.
Me: I didn’t.
Nell: Anyway, as soon as they’ve finished their pancakes they’ll be off.
Me: I bet you wish you hadn’t had two breakfasts now.
Me: You could be enjoying Poppy’s pancakes with the others.
Nell: What breakfasts?
Me: You see this is what you do.
Nell: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Me: You pretend to forget.
Nell: And you appear to have forgotten we were discussing Benjamin not breakfasts.
Me: Yes. Sorry.