Me: I love Sally’s scarf.
Nell: Sally is always elegantly turned out.
Me: Dave waited by the window all day. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell: Yes. He didn’t even eat his elevenses.
Me: Gosh. He never misses a meal.
Nell: I know it’s only shortbread and a cup of tea but I do feel elevenses helps one embrace the day with a little more vigour.
Me: I’m sure Dave had plenty of vigour when he saw Sally.
Nell: He threw himself at her.
Me: Bless him. Sally doesn’t mind.
Nell: I know. It was ‘Davey’ this and ‘Davey’ that. Fortunately Sally is all business today. She and Roley Moley have set up an interview room downstairs and statements are being taken.
Me: What kind of statements?
Nell: Food related I expect.
Me: I thought we were looking for Roary’s mother.
Nell: We are. Sally believes the missing food is going to lead us to her.
Me: Is everyone being interviewed?
Me: Even me?
Nell: Of course. Why?
Me: Only I might have had a secret bowl of ice cream last night.
Nell: A secret bowl of ice cream? In January?
Me: I can eat ice cream all year round.
Nell: Did you share it with anyone?
Me: No, I ate it all myself.
Nell: That’s fine.
Me: It is?
Nell: If you didn’t share it with a lioness then it is of no consequence.
Me: No need to mention it at all.
Nell: Yes, you must.
Me: But I didn’t share it with a lioness, Nell. I would have remembered.
Nell: The ice cream still needs to be accounted for though, doesn’t it?
Me: Oh, I see.
Nell: We can’t have an unexplained half empty tub of ice cream now can we?
Me: No. You’re right. Sorry.