Me: Oh Nell, I have some very sad news.

Nell: Tell me.

Me: Our dear friend Boone, the big golden Labrador from Vancouver, died yesterday in Jaime’s arms.

Nell: Oh no. Shel, Jaime and the family must be devastated.

Me: Yes. They rescued him in 2015 when he was 5. It was after they fell in love with you when they were visiting us.

Nell: Yes, Shel and Jaime are like family to us.

Me: They are.

Nell: Please tell them that we’re thinking of them and Boone is with Mutley and Charlie and Ollie now and watching over them all.

Me: I will. Are you coming home soon?

Nell: We can’t come home yet. We’re on a mission.

Me: Have there been any more developments?

Nell: Beauregard has developed a close interest in The Cat.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: He watches it, especially at dinner.

Me: Hungrily?

Nell: No. I think he finds The Cat a little too sparkly. All those diamonds.

Me: Is it still making everyone dress up for dinner?

Nell: Yes. Personally, I would have been happy just wearing my pearls if they hadn’t been stolen.

Me: What about the situation in the kitchen?

Nell: Malcolm is monitoring all deliveries and Manuel has become something of a star in the restaurant.

Me: Really?

Nell: Oh yes. He’s quite the Flambé King. Steak Diane here, Crêpes Suzette there. People can’t get enough of him.

Me: Good for Manuel.

Nell: Anyway, I can’t chat all day. I have things to do.

Me: Secret agent stuff?

Nell: No. I’m going to walk on the beach and think of Boone and his family.

Me: I wish you were here with me, Nell.

Nell: I am always with you. Even when I’m not. We all are.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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