The Rescue Begins

Me: Where are you and Harriet?

Nell: In the field. What on earth are you wearing?

Me: Kev and I are in disguise.

Nell: Why?

Me: You said we could be part of the backup team.

Nell: Good grief. Just make sure Squawk doesn’t leave the house.

Me: Naughty Nigel, Boo and Seamus are here, too.

Nell: I know. They are aware and Nigel will use force if necessary.

Me: But what’s going on, Nell? An owl arrived first thing this morning and Dave and Gladys dashed off.

Nell: The owl was Tawny Tim. Owl Pacino sent him to let us know that a trickle of smoke was seen coming from a hut near the sea.

Me: Oh my goodness, Nell. What if Poppy is in danger?

Nell: Of course she is in danger. David has borrowed Knitwear Wolf’s motorbike so he should be there soon. Gladys is riding in the sidecar with Our Penguin.

Me: What’s Our Penguin doing there?

Nell: Filming of course. So we can see what’s happening.

Me: Why does Naughty Nigel need to use force?

Nell: Squawk is one of the Beefies. You don’t think he planned all this alone, do you?

Me: Do you mean we might be attacked?

Nell: Not as long as Squawk doesn’t know we know.

Me: Know what?

Nell: That he isn’t Terry. Wait, there’s a message from David on my iBone.

Me: What does it say?

Nell: ‘Definitely bacon. Approaching the barn cautiously.’

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Stay calm. David can do this. There’s another message.

Me: Tell me.

Nell: ‘Poppy is safe. Repeat. Poppy and Terry are safe.’

Me: Oh Nell. Thank goodness. I’m in tears.

Nell: No crying. Act normally until we get back and make sure Squawk doesn’t go anywhere.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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