Me: Any news on Benjamin and Henry?

Nell: No. Princess and Our Penguin came back. She circled Drake’s Island for hours but there was no sign. She’s exhausted.

Me: Brave seal.

Nell: David is beside himself with worry. He only had two boiled eggs this morning and no cereal.

Me: He thinks it’s his fault. My poor Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: He and Harriet have gone down to the front gate to check for any incoming seagulls in the hope that Benjamin has managed to get away.

Me: Have you seen Our Penguin’s video?

Nell: Yes. I’m afraid so.

Me: Tell me.

Nell: On landing Benjamin and Henry were immediately accosted by a battalion of Beefies.

Me: That’s not a very nice welcome.

Nell: It got worse. They grabbed his hat and stamped on it.

Me: But Henry was hiding in the hat.

Nell: Fortunately Henry leapt out and managed to hide in Benjamin’s feathers. All that Gliding with Gladys is coming in useful.

Me: Are we sure?

Nell: Yes. Henry wasn’t fit at all until he started her classes.

Me: No. I mean sure that Henry is safe?

Nell: Benjamin was still wired at that point so Henry was able to send news to Horst.

Me: What happened next?

Nell: A particularly large Beefy with a broken beak and a leather jacket started emptying Benjamin’s rucksack.

Me: Not the rock cakes?

Nell: Yes, and the stale baguette.

Me: So Benjamin was weaponless?

Nell: Quite. Then the thuggish Beefy said ‘Stale food? Well, Tank Top Tiddler. We’d better take you to the boss. You’ve got some explaining to do.’

Me: Tank Top Tiddler? I know Benjamin is quite a small seagull but that’s just unkind.

Nell: That’s not the point. We’ve heard nothing since then.

Me: Oh dear. Sorry.

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