Me: Cheeky Animal.

Nell: How rude.

Me: No. I’m playing Cheeky Animal with Harriet and I saw her stick her tongue out.

Nell: She hasn’t got her tongue out.

Me: Not anymore.

Nell: Well, if you did see her then I must congratulate you because Harriet is one of our champion players.

Me: Yes. I know.

Nell: So now you have to stick your tongue out without being caught.

Me: Yes. I know how to stick my tongue out, Nell. See?

Nell: Cheeky Animal.

Me: That’s not fair. I was just showing you.

Nell: Exactly. Anyway, moving on, today is going to be rather hot according to the cows.

Me: Yes, I heard it might be a bit of a scorcher.

Nell: A bit of a scorcher? Have you been reading the Daily Growl again?

Me: I did give it a glance when Knitwear Wolf brought the morning papers. Why?

Nell: Just don’t believe everything you read.

Me: Now, I’m intrigued.

Nell: It’s full of gossip. ‘Woodlouse brothers Henry and Horst at loggerheads over mysterious butterfly.’ So intrusive.

Me: What mysterious butterfly?

Nell: Quite. She’s not mysterious at all. We all know who they mean.

Me: Do we?

Nell: Yes. Vanessa. You must have seen her. Bit of a painted lady, if I am honest.

Me: Are Horst and Henry really fighting over her?

Nell: I’m afraid they are. Vanessa is a little flighty. It’s a butterfly thing. They are so unreliable.

Me: I don’t want her upsetting the boys.

Nell: Well, it’s too late. David is with Henry now. He’s taking it all rather badly.

Me: Taking what?

Nell: Vanessa went to the Butterfly Ball with Henry but she left with Horst.

Me: I didn’t know there was a Butterfly Ball.

Nell: That’s not the point.

Me: No. Sorry.

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