Me: What was Tony telling you and Dave?
Nell: Several packages have been delivered in the area from Fifi la Beefy.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: We are guessing that they are nests and dog beds of various sizes.
Me: Well, not everyone is the same size, Nell.
Nell: That’s not the point.
Me: I saw Dave whisper something in his ear.
Nell: It was probably about Sally. You know how he likes to confide in Tony. The trouble is he ends up checking his ear as well which is a little too forward.
Me: Yes. He does that to me, too.
Nell: The confiding?
Me: No. The checking.
Nell: Yes. I have the same problem.
Me: In your case it’s rather useful as he reminds me when I have to clean your ears.
Nell: Enough about ears.
Me: Actually, I should really do them now.
Nell: It’s Mother’s Day in the UK on Sunday.
Me: Yes. I know.
Nell: Well, I was on a Zoom call with your publishers yesterday and…
Me: You were on a call with Abby and Victoria?
Nell: Yes. Stop interrupting.
Me: Why wasn’t I included?
Nell: You were writing. Anyway, we all decided to offer a discount on the book for Mother’s Day.
Me: That’s lovely.
Nell: Yes. It would make the perfect present.
Me: It would.
Nell: So, as soon as we know more we will pass it on to everyone.
Me: Thank you for that, Nell. It’s an excellent idea.
Nell: Yes, I thought so.
Me: I don’t know what I would do without you. Now, about those ears.
Nell: What would you say to a fresh scone and a cup of tea?
Me: Sounds lovely.
Nell: Poppy made a fresh batch.
Me: I’m not going to forget about your ears, Nell. Sorry.