Nell has a Plan

Me: Is Harriet cooking bacon?

Nell: Yes, to raise David’s spirits. Tony just came to say goodbye. He is off on holiday for 2 weeks.

Me: Dave is going to miss him dreadfully.

Nell: We all are. Tony is part of the family.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Now, Knitwear Wolf is taking me out to dinner this evening.

Me: Is he now?

Nell: Yes, to the Imperial Hotel in Torquay.

Me: I wouldn’t have thought you were in a going out mood.

Nell: It’s where they are holding Poppy and Malcolm, you nincompoop.

Me: That’s a bit harsh.

Nell: We are going to free them.

Me: How are you planning to do that, Nell?

Nell: Fortunately I have a few tricks under my collar.

Me: Don’t you mean up your sleeve?

Nell: Certainly not. I shall probably wear a scarf and my usual Chanel but nothing with sleeves.

Me: What tricks?

Nell: Well, Knitwear Wolf is going to ask if he might congratulate the chef.

Me: Good one.

Nell: And I shall order a Crepe Suzette to be flambéd at the table.

Me: That’s a pancake, isn’t it?

Nell: Yes, with fresh oranges.

Me: What if they don’t have them?

Nell: They do. Today’s menu is online. Notice the clues.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: Prawn cocktail in a flamingo pink sauce.

Me: Oh yes.

Nell: Swordfish.

Me: Clever. What if your plan doesn’t work?

Nell: We shall storm the kitchen.

Me: But there’s only the two of you.

Nell: Of course there isn’t. The larger animals are on a table of six with Dave and Harriet.

Me: What about Gladys?

Nell: She and Alejandro are performing a contemporary dance.

Me: Where?

Nell: In the ballroom. Babycakes Gillespie is hosting a party. Do keep up.

Me: I didn’t know. Sorry.

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