Me: David completely tricked Harriet at Cheeky Animals. She had no idea.
Nell: Never mind that now.
Me: He whispered in her ear ‘Is that a Beefy?’ And when she looked up he stuck his tongue out. Really far out. She didn’t see a thing.
Nell: We have far more important things to deal with than Cheeky Animals.
Nell: Malcolm’s impending dinner with Babycakes Gillespie. The poor flamingo has worked himself into quite a state.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: Benjamin Seagull was telling Timothy all about it over their morning pancakes.
Me: With lemon and sugar?
Nell: No. Fresh fruit, if you must know. Timothy is on a health kick at the moment. We’re approaching a worrying time for turkeys so he needs to keep alert. But that’s not the point.
Nell: We discussed the issue at Morning Thoughts and the general consensus is that Malcolm should not go alone.
Me: I agree.
Nell: Poppy is the obvious choice as they know each other from Anger Management class.
Me: They only met on Monday.
Nell: It doesn’t matter anyway, as Poppy doesn’t want to go.
Nell: She says she’s not playing second nibble to anyone.
Me: It’s second fiddle.
Nell: It is not. The favoured dog always gets the first nibble of the pie.
Me: But Malcolm’s not a dog.
Nell: Never mind. Fortunately Count Bingo Flamingo has agreed to accompany Malcolm along with Gladys who will perform a contemporary dance.
Me: Is Alejandro ok with that?
Nell: Alpacas aren’t like llamas you know. They’re not fussed about dancing.
Me: I meant will Alejandro mind Gladys going on a date with the Count?
Nell: It’s not a date. The Count is protecting Malcolm and Gladys is the distraction. Do keep up.
Me: Yes. Sorry.