Cheeky Animals

Me: Why is Harriet sitting at the top of the stairs watching everyone?

Nell: I’ve no idea.

Me: I can’t be sure, but I think she stuck her tongue out at me.

Nell: Oh. She’s probably playing Cheeky Animals then.

Me: Cheeky Animals?

Nell: Yes. She’s the current champion.

Me: I’ve never heard of that game.

Nell: We play it all the time. Kev is very good at it.

Me: How do you play?

Nell: You have to watch someone closely and then secretly stick your tongue out at them. If they catch you then you lose.

Me: I caught Harriet.

Nell: Yes, but did you? You have to be sure.

Me: I’m almost sure.

Nell: But did you shout ‘Cheeky Animal’?

Me: No. I didn’t know I had to.

Nell: Then it doesn’t count.

Me: Oh.

Nell: Harriet is an excellent player. She has an innocent face.

Me: What about my Big Brave Beautiful Boy?

Nell: Absolute rubbish.

Me: That’s a bit harsh.

Nell: David is far too obvious. He sticks his tongue right out and smiles.

Me: I bet Poppy’s good at it.

Nell: Yes. She’s very quick.

Me: I bet Henry and Horst are quick.

Nell: Woodlice don’t have tongues. Do keep up.

Me: Oh yes.

Nell: Well, that takes the biscuit.

Me: What?

Nell: That wretched Rolls Royce is outside again and it’s full of Welsh corgis.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: All wearing velvet hats, I might add, and none of them social distancing.

Me: Is the Irish Wolfhound driving?

Nell: Of course.

Me: Did he wave?

Nell: No. He never takes any notice of anyone. Just waits for someone to get in or out and drives off.

Me: He wouldn’t be very good at Cheeky Animals then.

Nell: That is not the point.

Me: No. Sorry.

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