Dave is feeling a little low

Me: Manuel says Dave refused a second pancake.

Nell: He didn’t want any cereal either.

Me: Maybe he’s coming down with something after all the excitement of the last week?

Nell: No, it’s because of Sally.

Me: Sally?

Nell: Yes. She’s going back to London.

Me: Oh dear. Why?

Nell: Her mission was successful. The cubs are safe. In fact Beauregard is taking Tigerlily home to his brother today.

Me: Roary will miss her.

Nell: Yes, he will. Fortunately, he has Oliver to play with.

Me: Is Oliver happy about that? Only opossums don’t usually have lions as playmates.

Nell: Oliver has a tiger as a best friend. I’m sure he can deal with a lion cub.

Me: I expect Mrs King is keeping an eye on everything.

Nell: She certainly is. She’s not letting Roary out of her sight.

Me: What about Lionel King and the rooks?

Nell: The Royal Owl Force are continuing to monitor their activities.

Me: My poor Big Brave Beautiful Boy. He’s going to miss Sally dreadfully.

Nell: Yes. Long distance relationships aren’t easy.

Me: Have you ever had one?

Nell: There was a rather attractive Irish Wolfhound from Belfast I dated for a while in my youth, but it never really worked.

Me: Too far away?

Nell: Too hairy. I’m not keen on beards.

Me: I see.

Nell: Talking of hairy, my friend Dorothy said two rather unkempt bears have been spotted on Dartmoor.

Me: Gosh. I didn’t know there were wild bears roaming around.

Nell: They aren’t wild. They’ve got rucksacks on their backs and good sturdy boots.

Me: Are bears even allowed on Dartmoor?

Nell: Of course. Well behaved walkers are always welcome.

Me: I’m going to call them the Beary Hikers. See what I did there?

Nell: Good grief.

Me: Sorry.

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