Monday Whispers

Me: What is Dave whispering in your ear?

Nell: Never you mind.

Me: And why is Poppy in her palace?

Nell: You’ve got an awful lot of questions for a Monday morning.

Me: I know.

Nell: We’re all whispering at the moment. Oliver is easily startled.

Me: It’s a great shame the Beefies have noticed him. Did you hear them shouting ‘Oliver!’ this morning?

Nell: Yes, Knitwear Wolf mentioned it at Morning Thoughts. He was wondering if a woolly hat pulled down might help.

Me: Over their eyes?

Nell: Whose eyes?

Me: The Beefies. So they can’t see Oliver.

Nell: No. Over Oliver’s ears so he can’t hear them.

Me: Oh yes. That might work. But why is Poppy in a mood?

Nell: She’s having problems with her staff.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: She says whispering is simply not possible in a kitchen. She expects her sous chefs to answer clearly and loudly with ‘Oui’ and anyone not doing so will be asked to leave.

Me: Dave isn’t one of her sous chefs, is he?

Nell: No. David is more of a kitchen helper. Malcolm and Manuel are permanent staff.

Me: But Malcolm doesn’t do loud.

Nell: No. And Manuel keeps saying ‘Si’ instead of ‘Oui’.

Me: He is from Barcelona.

Nell: Quite. Anyway, Poppy says we can make our own lunch and soup is definitely off the menu.

Me: And is that what Dave was telling you? I know he loves a nice bowl of soup on a Monday.

Nell: No, David has other things on his mind.

Me: What?

Nell: Sally has been seen out on the town with a handsome stranger.

Me: Walking and talking?

Nell: Worse.

Me: Sharing a bowl of soup?

Nell: No. Dancing cheek to cheek. You’ve got soup on the brain.

Me: Sorry.

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