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A Tense Situation

Me: Are you excited about the final tonight?

Nell: I can’t think about football right now.

Me: Why?

Nell: I’m in the middle of a tense situation.

Me: What?

Nell: Look behind me.

Me: I’m not there, Nell. I’m here at home.

Nell: In the photos I sent you.

Me: That’s an odd looking bird.

Nell: It’s the fence.

Me: No, it’s definitely a bird, Nell.

Nell: Sally told me he would be coming here.

Me: Who?

Nell: Jacques D’Or. The Masked Thief’s fence.

Me: Why are we talking about outdoor structures?

Nell: Not that sort of fence. Do keep up. The middlebird between the thief and his buyers.

Me: Why is he at the hotel when Beauregard is at the police station?

Nell: Exactly.

Me: You’ve lost me.

Nell: Beauregard isn’t the thief.

Me: I knew it. I said he was a nice tiger. Have you told Inspector King?

Nell: No. Lionel mustn’t know.

Me: Why?

Nell: It will break Beauregard’s cover. The real thief has to think he’s safe, or he won’t come to the meeting.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: Beauregard is working with Sally. They knew the Masked Thief would target the hotel.

Me: Does anyone else know?

Nell: Harriet, obviously, and Malcolm and Manuel as Sally suspects the Beefies are transporting the jewels through the kitchen.

Me: How?

Nell: In crates of fish then onto a boat and over to France.

Me: Do you think Jacques D’Or is French then?

Nell: Of course he’s French.

Me: So we’re looking for a huge masked thief with a tail wearing a soft velvet black cloak with an attractive hood who speaks French? That shouldn’t be too difficult.

Nell: He won’t be wearing the mask and cloak, will he? He thinks he’s safe.

Me: Oh yes. Sorry.

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