Me: Is Harriet missing Roary?
Nell: Yes, she adored that little lion cub but there has been other rather troubling news this morning.
Me: What’s happened?
Nell: You’re not going to believe this.
Me: I just might.
Nell: Sally has identified the thief.
Me: I think thief is a little harsh. It was only half a tub of ice cream.
Nell: I’m not talking about you.
Me: Oh, I see. Who is it then?
Me: Oliver? I know opossums have a bad reputation but I didn’t expect Sally to jump to conclusions.
Nell: She didn’t. We have footage of Oliver taking stolen food up to the treehouse on a number of occasions.
Me: Footage? Do we have CCTV?
Nell: No, we have Henry and Horst.
Me: Well, I don’t think that was very nice of them. Filming a friend secretly. It’s not on.
Nell: Henry and Horst are spies. You know that. They are simply doing their job. Anyway, that’s not the point.
Me: Oliver wouldn’t just steal. He will have a very good reason.
Nell: Yes, and we will soon know what it is. Oliver is in the interrogation room with Sally right now.
Me: Interrogation room? That’s awful. She’s not going to hurt him, is she?
Nell: What are you talking about? Sally and Oliver are in the living room with Beauregard having a quiet chat.
Me: Beauregard? Why is he there?
Nell: He insisted. You know how protective he is of Oliver.
Me: There’s going to be a perfectly acceptable explanation for this. I’m sure of it.
Nell: Let’s wait and see, shall we?
Nell: Why don’t you go and enjoy Sunday Songs or the smell of our roast dinner cooking in the kitchen? That’s what I’m going to do.
Me: Yes. Sorry.