Nell: Is David behind me?
Me: Not really. Why are you asking?
Nell: You are not very good at this, you know.
Me: Good at what?
Nell: You are supposed to shout ‘He’s behind you!’
Me: I didn’t want to give him away. He’s my Big Brave Beautiful Boy. I thought he might be going incognito and I didn’t want to spoil it.
Nell: Going incognito? What are you talking about? We are rehearsing some of his moves.
Me: What moves?
Nell: For the pantomime. You are supposed to give him away. You didn’t think I really couldn’t see him, did you? It is David we are talking about here.
Me: Oh, I see.
Nell: One of your pantomime duties will be to lead the audience so you will need to concentrate and get this right.
Me: I’m a bit tired, to be honest.
Nell: I don’t mean concentrate now. I mean during the performance.
Me: But I was supposed to shout just now.
Nell: That was just a gentle rehearsal next to your bed. A little warm up.
Me: I’ve just had a dreadful thought.
Nell: Here we go.
Me: Am I the warm up act?
Nell: I beg your pardon?
Me: The one who goes on before the show to get everyone excited.
Nell: I know what a warm up act is.
Me: Only I’m not very good at jokes, Nell.
Nell: You are not the warm up act and you are not going on stage.
Nell: Princess is doing that and she will also be in the audience. We might as well put those clapping skills of hers to use.
Me: That’s a relief. He’s still behind you, by the way.
Nell: You are going to have to work on this.
Me: I know. Sorry.