Valentine’s Day

Me: Oh Nell, what’s the matter? Why are the puppies watching over you?

Nell: It’s nothing to worry about. I was just feeling a little low and missing Charlie.

Me:I think this is a difficult day for a lot of people.

Nell: Yes.

Me: You probably aren’t in the mood for Cheeky Animals.

Nell: Is David playing again?

Me: I think he’s just trying to cheer you up.

Nell: Bless him. He’s right. There is no point in moping around. Charlie wouldn’t want that. It’s Valentine’s Day and we should be celebrating love.

Me: Shall I get your cards?

Nell: I suppose so, although I can’t think who sent them.

Me: What do they say?

Nell: ‘From one who loves you from afar and always will.’

Me: How romantic. And the other one?

Nell: ‘Be my Valentine. I know you like me.’

Me: That’s a bit over optimistic.

Nell: It certainly is.

Me: Why is Poppy clattering around in the kitchen?

Nell: She’s annoyed. Babycakes Gillespie made her a heart shaped bagel.

Me: How sweet.

Nell: Poppy has no time for ‘sentimental twaddle’. Her words. She sliced it in two with her sword.

Me: Lunch is going to be a bit tense then.

Nell: Squawk is going in the corner. If Susan insists on inviting that disreputable seagull then he can keep his distance.

Me: What about Terry?

Nell: Terry is sitting near me. He knows how to behave.

Me: Oh look outside, Nell. Dave is about to sing his song for Sally with the Welsh corgi choir.

Nell: Two songs, actually. ‘Daydream Retriever’, and my personal favourite, ‘I’m a Retriever.’

Me: ‘I couldn’t leave her if I tried?’

Nell: How did you know that?

Me: Just a lucky guess.

Nell: Well, stop talking and listen.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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