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Nell is Grumpy

Me: Why are you being so grumpy?

Nell: I’m not talking to you.

Me: What have I done now?

Nell: You know perfectly well what you’ve done.

Me: Is it about Toby the Puppy? He’s such a sparkling little chap. So happy and friendly.

Nell: How could you drive over to Tony and Sue’s house without taking me? My sister Maisie is his grandmother, you know.

Me: We thought it might be too much for him.

Nell: Too much? David and Harriet are heartbroken not to see him.

Me: No, they aren’t. They’re absolutely fine. They know they’ll meet him soon.

Nell: They are his uncle and aunt. Their sister Mist is his mother. Toby is family.

Me: You’re making far too big a deal out of this, Nell. You’re just out of sorts because of Lionel King.

Nell: Don’t mention that lion to me.

Me: How on earth did he manage to be chosen as the fourth judge?

Nell: That’s what I said to Anton Du Bark. I mean who has a lion as a judge?

Me: To be fair the other judges are a seal, a Labrador and a whippet.

Nell: A lithe whippet.

Me: True.

Nell: An extremely experienced Labrador.

Me: Yes.

Nell: And an over enthusiastic but optimistic seal.

Me: That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said about Princess.

Nell: Anton says there has to be a nasty judge and Lionel fits the bill. He’s also an excellent dancer, which I can vouch for, and has a certain je ne sais quoi.

Me: He’s definitely got charisma.

Nell: Show me those photos of Toby again.

Me: Isn’t he gorgeous?

Nell: Yes, and it’s lovely to see Tony and Sue looking so happy.

Me: Am I forgiven?

Nell: I’m going with you next time.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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