Magpies and Earrings

Nell: What’s your opinion on magpies?

Me: I’m not sure I have an opinion. There certainly seem to be an awful lot of them around at the moment.

Nell: I agree.

Me: Is there any particular reason why we’re discussing magpies at this time of the morning?

Nell: Gladys has lost her favourite sparkly earrings and she thinks they took them. You know how they love anything shiny.

Me: Were they a family heirloom?

Nell: Not as far as I know. In fact I would go so far as to say there’s a hint of the Christmas Cracker about them. But they are precious to Gladys which is all that matters.

Me: Well, I’ll definitely keep a look out for them.

Nell: Thank you.

Me: I’m glad Beauregard was allowed home with just a caution.

Nell: Yes. The Beefy who reported him was startled but not injured.

Me: Shame.

Nell: That’s what Poppy said. Anyway, PC Panda has asked Beauregard to keep to a low growl in future.

Me: It wasn’t a low growl this morning.

Nell: No. It was a definite roar. Malcolm dropped his toast.

Me: Although weirdly the roar seemed to be coming from far away. I wonder how he did that?

Nell: He says it wasn’t him.

Me: Maybe it was the sea? It can be loud at times.

Nell: Do you think Walter Pigeon is capable of theft?

Me: I’ve never thought about it. Why?

Nell: David says Walter has become extremely competitive recently during their games of Cowardy Custard.

Me: Really?

Nell: Yes. David says there is a steely glint in his eye and he is refusing to back down.

Me: I can’t see him in sparkly earrings though?

Nell: The thief won’t actually be wearing the earrings. Do keep up.

Me: No. Sorry.

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