Me: Any sign of them?
Nell: No. Harriet and I have looked everywhere.
Me: What exactly did Dave see?
Nell: David can’t be sure, but he thinks he saw a Beefy wearing pearls fly over the activity field and drop something.
Me: Not something disgusting again? Because you know what they’re like.
Nell: No. It was sparkly.
Me: And the Beefy was definitely wearing your pearls?
Nell: The coincidence is too great. My pearl necklace goes missing and the Beefies start wearing pearls.
Me: Only it wouldn’t have been my first choice of jewellery for them. I’d have thought a chunky choker might be more their style.
Nell: That’s not the point. Anyway, I shall be telling Lionel all about this at afternoon tea today.
Me: Hang on a minute. Did you just say Lionel?
Me: And afternoon tea?
Nell: I told you I was going out.
Me: You are having afternoon tea with a handsome lion and you only just tell me about it now?
Nell: It’s nothing. Lionel needs some background information and apparently I am the perfect animal to help him.
Me: He called you a perfect animal, did he?
Nell: He might have done.
Me: The smooth tongued charmer.
Nell: It’s just afternoon tea.
Me: You wanted to wear your pearls.
Nell: Yes, well the Beefies soon put a stop to that.
Me: What does Knitwear Wolf think about it?
Nell: Why are you bringing Rupert into this?
Me: Just wondering.
Nell: I haven’t told him yet.
Me: I think you should.
Nell: And I think you should tell everyone that The Growl on Sunday is coming out this weekend and they should make sure they’ve subscribed.
Me: Yes. They have an amazing exclusive story and …
Nell: Enough. It’s exclusive.
Me: Oh yes. Sorry.