Watching Duty

Me: Is Poppy waiting for a delivery? She seems extremely focussed with an undercurrent of fierceness, and I fear for the delivery people.

Nell: Poppy is on Watching Duty if you must know.

Me: What’s she watching out for?

Nell: Moles.

Me: Moles?

Nell: Yes. Please stop repeating everything I say.

Me: Moles. Ah, I see. Interesting.

Nell: Why are you tapping your nose?

Me: I’m giving you a sign.

Nell: Why?

Me: It’s an ‘I see what you mean’ sign. Letting you know that I understand what’s going on.

Nell: Do you understand what’s going on?

Me: Not really.

Nell: Well, don’t tap your nose then.

Me: Do you think you could let me know what is going on, Nell. Only I feel awfully in the dark here.

Nell: Like the moles.

Me: Do you think they don’t know what’s going on either?

Nell: They know exactly what’s going on. Mark my paws.

Me: Poppy seems awfully small to be Watching alone.

Nell: Don’t let her size fool you. There is nothing small about Poppy.

Me: What’s she going to do if she sees a mole?

Nell: Sound the alert and we will grab them.

Me: Who will grab them?

Nell: It depends where the mole is. Various animals, birds and insects have been stationed across the outside areas waiting to pounce.

Me: I don’t think Henry and Horst could grab a mole.

Nell: No. They have other skills.

Me: My money would be on The Cat.

Nell: Yes. Although, there is always an element of risk when The Cat is involved.

Me: Sequins?

Nell: No. Claws. Cats can get easily carried away.

Me: Yes. Nobody wants a Holey Moley.

Nell: I can’t believe you just said that. This is not a joking matter.

Me: Of course not. Sorry.

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