Excuse me?

Me: Excuse me, Nell, were you singing show tunes in an American accent?

Nell: I beg your pardon?

Me: When I came into the living room just now I heard someone singing ‘I Cain’t Say No’.

Nell: Don’t be ridiculous. Why would I be doing that?

Me: There’s only you in here.

Nell: So?

Me: So it must have been you singing songs from Oklahoma.

Nell: What an outrageous idea.

Me: And, more to the point, why are you a girl ‘who cain’t say no’?

Nell: I’m not.

Me: I didn’t think you were but now I’m wondering. Has Lionel King been here?

Nell: He popped in with some daffodils for me earlier.

Me: Was he wearing his cowboy hat?

Nell: Yes.

Me: Do you know if he talked to Robin on his way in?

Nell: I have no idea.

Me: I bet he did. I bet he flashed his cowboy hat at Robin.

Nell: What are you talking about?

Me: I have a worrying theory.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: This morning Robin sang ‘Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’’ to me.

Nell: He probably learnt it from David. He sings it all the time.

Me: And then I walked into the living room and found you belting out ‘I Cain’t Say No’.

Nell: I wasn’t belting anything out. I was just singing.

Me: In an American accent. And you knew all the words. Admit it.

Nell: I didn’t know I knew them until I started singing.

Me: Did Lionel King go anywhere else?

Nell: I think Manuel made him some pancakes before he left. Why?

Me: Can I hear someone singing?

Nell: It’s ‘The Surrey with the Fringe on Top’. Manuel’s been singing it all morning.

Me: In an American accent?

Nell: Yes.

Me: This is very worrying. Sorry.

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