Nell has some Disturbing News

Me: You’re looking a little serious this morning.

Nell: I’ve had some disturbing news.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: You know Pamela?

Me: The one you met at the vets during your weigh in?

Nell: It wasn’t a weigh in. We aren’t boxers you know.

Me: No. You’re a Labrador and Pamela’s a Pyrenean Mountain Dog.

Nell: Anyway, Pamela was chatting to my friend Dorothy on WoofsApp.

Me: The Salcombe Setter?

Nell: Yes. And it seems my pearls are up for auction on eBray.

Me: That’s awful, Nell. Are you going to put in a bid?

Nell: Certainly not. They’re mine. I’ve reported it to the police.

Me: Good for you.

Nell: PC Panda is due to arrive here soon to interview me.

Me: How do you know they’re yours? Don’t they look awfully similar?

Nell: Mine have NM on the clasp.

Me: I see.

Nell: Charlie gave them to me. They are of huge sentimental value.

Me: So the Beefies must be working with the donkeys?

Nell: Rupert says we mustn’t jump to conclusions. The donkeys might not know the pearls are stolen.

Me: He’s right. Trust Knitwear Wolf to be the voice of reason.

Nell: Rupert is a sensible animal.

Me: Who’s the seller?

Nell: Someone called Simba. I don’t know anyone with that name. Do you?

Me: No. I just remember it from The Lion King. Chris loved that film when he was young. So did I, if I’m honest.

Nell: That’s it. Simba is Lionel King. He’s up to his old tricks again.

Me: I thought he was in custody.

Nell: They released him because he agreed to cooperate with their investigations.

Me: The scoundrel. A leopard can’t change its spots, I suppose.

Nell: Why bring leopards into this? We are talking lions here.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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