Sally is Back

Nell: Nice hair.

Me: Thank you.

Me: Did I see Sally arriving earlier in a red car?

Nell: Yes, she has decided to visit us for a few days.

Me: How lovely. Dave must be over the moon.

Nell: David is completely out of control. He ran twice around the garden and jumped into Princess’s pool. There was water everywhere.

Me: Bless him. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Then he ate two ham sandwiches and a packet of biscuits.

Me: Happiness can make you hungry.

Nell: They weren’t meant for him. Poppy was making a picnic for Harriet.

Me: Is she going somewhere?

Nell: I certainly hope so. It would be most odd if she wasn’t.

Me: Where’s she going?

Nell: Out with Jim the Farm Dog.

Me: On a secret mission?

Nell: No.

Me: But Sally is here and Harriet is one of her spies.

Nell: Good grief. Could you be a little more discreet, please?

Me: Do the walls have ears?

Nell: No, the walls do not have ears but someone might be listening.

Me: That’s what I meant.

Nell: Why didn’t you say it then?

Me: Never mind. When you said someone was coming to dinner were you talking about Sally?

Nell: No. I didn’t know she was coming.

Me: Who is then?

Nell: Terry and Marian.

Me: Our friends from Oxfordshire?

Nell: Yes.

Me: They’re not baddies.

Nell: Nobody said they were. Don’t say ‘baddies’. It’s so childish.

Me: Then why is Sally here?

Nell: I might have invited Lionel King.

Me: I don’t believe it.

Nell: This is the time for forgiveness.

Me: Knitwear Wolf isn’t going to agree with you.

Nell: Au contraire. Rupert will be joining us for dinner.

Me: He’s a bigger wolf than I am.

Nell: Obviously.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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