Nell: What do you mean she wasn’t there?

Me: Just have a sip of tea. Malcolm has added a little sugar.

Nell: I don’t like sugar in my tea. Poppy knows that.

Me: Poppy isn’t here, Nell. When they got to the field she had gone.

Nell: But she can’t have gone. What did Terry say?

Me: Terry wasn’t there either.

Nell: I need to talk to Rupert.

Me: Knitwear Wolf is in a meeting with Sally and Harriet. I’m sure they will update you when it’s over.

Nell: No. I’m not going to be updated. This is my fault. I need to be in that meeting too.

Me: They will find Poppy soon. I’m sure of it.

Nell: She doesn’t even have her sword.

Me: Poppy doesn’t need a sword. She might be small but she is fierce.

Nell: What is all that weeping and wailing?

Me: It’s Babycakes Gillespie. He can’t stop crying. He brought you some bagels but they are a bit wet, to be honest, and salty.

Nell: I couldn’t eat anything.

Me: It’s having the opposite effect on Dave. He’s had four bowls of cereal already and he doesn’t even like it.

Nell: Is John the Doberman here?

Me: Yes. Knitwear Wolf called him. Everyone is here. The fields are full of animals searching.

Nell: They all love Poppy.

Me: Try not to worry. I’m sure Sally will know what to do.

Nell: Do you think this has something to do with why Sally is here?

Me: Maybe.

Nell: I heard a knock. Is that someone at the door?

Me: I’ll go and see.

Nell: Who is it? Why are you looking at me like that?

Me: It’s Terry. He looks very bruised and battered.

Nell: Is Poppy with him?

Me: No. She isn’t. Sorry.

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