Me: You and Dave were deep in conversation down on the beach. What was all that about?
Nell: Never you mind. Nosey barker.
Me: Harriet was hardly ever out of the water. I hope she isn’t too tired.
Nell: Harriet lives for the sea. You know that.
Me: I felt like you were all on your guard today, though.
Nell: Did you?
Me: Yes. Poppy was particularly alert.
Nell: She always is in large spaces.
Me: I’ve noticed she keeps close to Dave.
Nell: David is her bodyguard.
Me: Shouldn’t he keep close to her?
Nell: It works both ways.
Me: No, it doesn’t. You don’t see celebrities running after their bodyguards.
Nell: Just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
Me: I suppose so.
Nell: You didn’t see Manuel making the morning pancakes but you’re eating one now.
Me: That isn’t even vaguely the same thing.
Nell: And enjoying it.
Me: Of course I am. Manuel makes the best pancakes.
Nell: It’s all in the tentacles. His pizzas are excellent too.
Me: Some people like theirs with Nutella but I’m a lemon and sugar fan myself.
Nell: On a pizza? That’s disgusting.
Me: No, pancake. I’m not eating pizza for breakfast.
Nell: Some people do.
Me: Only when it’s leftover from the night before.
Nell: Don’t forget your hair appointment this afternoon.
Me: I won’t.
Nell: We need you to look your best.
Nell: You never know who’s coming to dinner. Now, have you seen my reading glasses?
Me: No. Have you checked in your handbag?
Nell: Yes. No sign of them.
Me: Maybe Princess can lend you hers. She has a pair exactly the same.
Nell: She does not. Where is that wretched seal? She’s taken my glasses again.
Me: Oh dear. Sorry.