Me: Kev found this photo of the puppies when they were small. Look at their round tummies.
Nell: Some of us would prefer not to discuss round tummies, thank you. It can be a sensitive subject.
Me: Tell me about it.
Nell: No. That’s exactly what I don’t want to do.
Me: I love the way Harriet is snuggling into Dave.
Nell: Yes. David is a snuggly sort of animal. He enjoys a good cuddle.
Me: Unlike you.
Nell: What’s that supposed to mean?
Me: You can be very aloof, although you are mellowing a little in your old age.
Nell: Old age? I am 8.
Me: You know what I mean. Chloe says you’re really friendly at your therapy sessions.
Nell: Chloe is a sweet girl and the therapy mat is lovely and warm.
Me: Nell, you know I have a secret?
Nell: You have four secrets to be exact.
Me: True. Can I tell people at least one of them?
Nell: I suppose so.
Me: So, I can let them know the E-book is out now and available online?
Me: And I just signed the contract for the second book?
Nell: That’s enough for now. The other secrets are going to have to wait.
Me: I’m so pleased my lovely editor, Peggy, is working with me again.
Nell: Peggy is very kind and patient which is essential when working with you.
Me: I’m very enthusiastic.
Nell: Yes, that’s part of the problem.
Me: I was practising my Talking Bowl voice and shocked Manuel, by the way. He said ‘Mrs Sara sound grumbly.’ His English is really improving.
Nell: You’re not supposed to sound grumbly. Just read your lines normally.
Me: But I based the Talking Bowl on you.
Nell: I beg your pardon?