You Had One Thing To Do

Nell: You had one thing to do. Just one thing.

Me: I know.

Nell: Say ‘Lovely view’ when you saw Knitwear Wolf and John striding across the field in their cardigans.

Me: Yes. Conker brown and Forest green.

Nell: That’s not the point. Then Sally and Harriet would come outside and admire John.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Knitwear Wolf said they must have crossed the field about ten times before you noticed them. John was so hot he had to take his cardigan off.

Me: Oh dear. The thing is that a leaf fell on Poppy’s head.

Nell: Good grief.

Me; She looked so pretty that I made up a story about her. You know how much she loves hearing my stories about when she was young.

Nell: This was not the time.

Me: I did notice them eventually.

Nell: Only when David asked you if you’d seen any llamas. And then you shouted ‘Oh no. I completely forgot to say ‘Lovely view’.

Me: Yes. Poppy gave me a look but Sally and Harriet came outside immediately.

Nell: I bet they did.

Me: They were ever so good at admiring John. Sally made a point of noticing how sensible John was to take a cardigan with him. And Harriet reminded Poppy that John always made sure she was safe and warm.

Nell: They can both be trusted to do as requested. Unlike some.

Me: Poppy pretended not to hear them but I know she did.

Nell: Now, John is delivering the papers this morning and nobody will open the door so Poppy has to do it.

Me: Is Knitwear Wolf unwell? Did all that walking give him sore paws?

Nell: No. It’s part of the plan. And he was wearing walking boots yesterday. Remember. Don’t open the door.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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