Me: Dave is giving me one of your faces.
Nell: What does that mean?
Me: A disapproving look.
Nell: What have you been doing?
Nell: Talking of looks. You have a guilty look about you.
Me: I haven’t touched any biscuits.
Nell: I know that. There are no biscuits in the house. Did you forget to whisper? You know you have to protect your voice.
Me: No. I remembered because Robin had to fly out of the bush onto the bird feeder to hear me.
Nell: Have you been talking to Robin again?
Me: Of course I have. Robin is my friend and we always chat every morning. You know that.
Nell: You have been asked not to chat to strangers while investigations are still undergoing.
Me: Robin isn’t a stranger and he’s got nothing to do with it all. Don’t be so mean.
Nell: I’m not saying he has and I’m not saying he hasn’t. We just don’t know.
Me: He says the Beefies are still pleading innocence.
Nell: A Beefy wouldn’t know innocence if it tapped it on the beak.
Nell: Beefies are strangers to the truth. Everyone knows that.
Me: Robin says we should listen to what they have to say.
Nell: Robin says way too much for my liking.
Me: Are you jealous?
Nell: Of a robin?
Me: Of my friendship with a robin.
Nell: You can be friends with whomever you like but you should be very wary of birds.
Me: So I can’t talk to Malcolm, or Susan, or Timothy?
Nell: They’re family. Just be careful. That’s all I’m saying.
Me: You are jealous.
Nell: I’m far too busy for this nonsense. In case you’ve forgotten there is a dancing competition this evening and I’m Head Judge.
Me: Yes. Sorry.