Tables and Terry

Me: Dave is sitting on the small round table in the living room dressed in a curtain.

Nell: Don’t be silly.

Me: He looks like a Roman god.

Nell: David is not dressed in a curtain. He is merely sitting on it.

Me: Why?

Nell: Because it’s more comfortable.

Me: Why is he on the table?

Nell: He can get a better view of the gate.

Me: Is he expecting someone?

Nell: Yes. Tony. He is due back from his week off.

Me: Oh, I see. He’s never climbed on to the table before.

Nell: No. I was a little surprised myself.

Me: My darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy. So handsome.

Nell: Yes. David has classic Labrador good looks.

Me: So do you.

Nell: Do you want something?

Me: Not really.

Nell: Are you sure?

Me: I was just wondering if you can really trust Terry.

Nell: Terry from Book a Beefy?

Me: Yes. You are always booking him, Nell.

Nell: Terry is an excellent courier. Polite, respectful and willing to go the extra mile.

Me: But he’s still a Beefy.

Nell: That’s not his fault.

Me: It sort of is. He could have stayed a normal seagull but he joined the Beefies.

Nell: His father gave him no choice.

Me: How do you know that?

Nell: We were discussing families and he told me he was forced to join the gang.

Me: How do you know he is telling the truth?

Nell: Because I know his father.

Me: You do?

Nell: It’s Stephen Seagull.

Me: The evil head of the Beefies?

Nell: Yes.

Me: So Terry is Susan’s half brother?

Nell: He is.

Me: And Malcolm’s brother-in-law?

Nell: I suppose he is.

Me: Do they know?

Nell: Not yet.

Me: You have to tell them, Nell. Sorry.

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