Joining up the dots

Me: Good news.

Nell: Tell me.

Me: Dave and Harriet are friends again.

Nell: I thought they looked more relaxed when I saw them outside on their loungers.

Me: Yes. There was even a little play fighting upstairs.

Nell: Has David managed to come to terms with Harriet going on tour?

Me: Yes. After he talked it through with the tortoise he realised Harriet must be allowed to spread her wIngs.

Nell: I wish you would stop bringing birds into this.

Me: It’s just a saying.

Nell: And what do you mean talked to the tortoise? Does David speak Spanish?

Me: No, but the tortoise speaks German.

Nell: Good grief.

Me: And French.

Nell: What about Swedish?

Me: I don’t think we can expect it to speak Swedish, Nell. Italian perhaps, and Portuguese at a pinch. Swedish is a bit out there.

Nell: Because if it speaks Swedish we may have a problem.

Me: Poppy spoke Swedish for a while. And so did The Cat.

Nell: Exactly.

Me: Although it probably doesn’t count if you’re hypnotised.

Nell: I’m still waiting.

Me: Waiting for what?

Nell: For you to join up the dots.

Me: What dots? Oh, wait a minute. Hypnotised.

Nell: And there we are. Sherlock Martin strikes again.

Me: Do you think that evil seagull Sven Gully is behind all the singing?

Nell: Possibly.

Me: And he has disguised himself as a tortoise?

Nell: Don’t be ridiculous.

Me: Stranger things have happened.

Nell: No, they haven’t.

Me: So, what has the tortoise got to do with it?

Nell: Probably nothing. The tortoise merely led me to Gully.

Me: No it didn’t. It’s in the kitchen eating tortillas with Manuel.

Nell: Just leave this to me and go and pack your case. You go on retreat tomorrow.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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