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Lying Low

Me: Why are Poppy and the Puppies under the kitchen table?

Nell: Poppy has been advised to Lie Low so David and Harriet are Lying Low with her.

Me: Has Gladys been advised to Lie Low, too?

Nell: How did you know that?

Me: The Llamas were gliding alone in the field this morning.

Nell: Henry and Horst should have been with them. Were they wearing pyjamas?

Me: I couldn’t see Henry and Horst, Nell. They’re only woodlice.

Nell: I meant the Llamas and there’s nothing ‘only’ about Henry and Horst.

Me: The Llamas were in pyjamas and hats.

Nell: No raincoats, or ski suits?

Me: No.

Nell: Silly creatures. Now they will have to be towelled dry in The Barn and it’s full enough already.

Me: Why?

Nell: Gladys and Alejandro are in there with the larger animals.

Me: Lying Low?

Nell: Exactly.

Me: Has it anything to do with the Beefies shouting ‘To the Tower with the Thieves!’?

Nell: Those horrible hooligans must have read The Daily Growl.

Me: What did it say?

Nell: ‘Fierce local chef Poppy Martin and flamboyant professional dancer Gladys Pomeranian in masked raid on Windsor Castle.’

Me: Masked raid?

Nell: They were dressed as Father Christmas.

Me: It was only a few egg cups and they apologised to The Queen in writing. Anyway, you said she was fine.

Nell: You know that and I know that, but the public don’t.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: The question is who leaked the information to the press?

Me: It wasn’t me, Nell, or our followers, if that’s what you’re thinking.

Nell: No. It’s someone with a grudge against our family.

Me: The Daily Growl only mentioned Poppy and Gladys, didn’t they?

Nell: They are Family. Attack them and you attack us all.

Me: You’re right. Sorry.

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