Keeping each other safe

Me: Harriet’s not letting Dave out of her sight, is she?

Nell: She’s his older sister. She has to keep him safe.

Me: I feel the same way about my sisters.

Nell: And I feel the same way about you.

Me: That’s lovely.

Nell: I don’t know about lovely. It’s extremely tiring.

Me: You don’t have to worry about me.

Nell: Did I, or did I not, hear you saying to Robin this morning that you might just pop into Barks and Spencer to see if there were any lions buying scotch eggs?

Me: I wasn’t going as me, Nell. I was going in disguise.

Nell: Please don’t tell me you’re intending to wear your all-encasing hat?

Me: No. Dave is lending me his sunglasses and I have a long raincoat.

Nell: Are you taking a magnifying glass?

Me: How did you know?

Nell: Because that’s what spies do in cartoons.

Me: Yes.

Nell; Good grief. How many times do I have to tell you that you’re not cut out to be a spy.

Me: I just want to help.

Nell: Then stay here and leave it to the professionals.

Me: Robin thought it was a good idea.

Nell: Robin is being kind.

Me: Yes, I caught him on a kind day. He varies.

Nell: What do you mean?

Me: Some days he’s much nicer than others. He seems to be happier on his fatter days.

Nell: You do know there are two robins, don’t you? I have told you this before.

Me: Oh yes. I’d completely forgotten.

Nell: This is why you cannot be trusted to do things on your own.

Me: Rubbish.

Nell: You’ve no time for spying anyway. You have a writing workshop all afternoon.

Me: Oh yes. Thank goodness you reminded me.

Nell: Exactly.

Me: Sorry.

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