Things are going to have to change

Me: Oh dear. That’s an extremely serious face.

Nell: Yes. Things are going to have to change.

Me: You are right. What things?

Nell: Everything. Starting with this kitchen.

Me: Okay.

Nell: David has been put in charge of afternoon tea.

Me: Surely not.

Nell: I fear the worst.

Me: I think he can make quite a good bacon sandwich. Crusts on, of course.

Nell: Exactly. And what about the baking?

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: My reading group are expecting the full works.

Me: They might be disappointed then.

Nell: As I said to Poppy earlier ‘Life is too short for a dense scone.’

Me: Quite. It’s almost better to have no scones at all.

Nell: No scones is not an option.

Me: Why isn’t Poppy doing afternoon tea?

Nell: She is going sky diving with Babycakes Gillespie.

Me: I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

Nell: I completely agree. If you are going to jump out of a plane, don’t do it when my reading group are coming to tea.

Me: Well, that isn’t exactly what I meant but I can see where you’re coming from.

Nell: We had French patisserie when we went to Dorothy’s last week. Tiny little cakes and mini quiches. Exquisite pastry.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Builders tea and a bacon sandwich is simply not going to do.

Me: No. Probably not. What about Malcolm? Can’t he rustle up a quick macaron?

Nell: Malcolm is up to his feathers in Jambolaya.

Me: I beg your pardon?

Nell: Babycakes is hosting an evening of Louisiana delights and Malcolm is catering.

Me: Surely your reading group tea comes first.

Nell: Apparently not. Babycakes is paying ‘top dollar’, I quote, and we need any income we can get in these trying times.

Me: I suppose we do. Sorry.

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