Me: Are Poppy and the puppies waiting for someone?
Nell: Always. Now, you might have noticed The Cat joined us at Morning Thoughts,
Me: I was upstairs writing, Nell. I didn’t notice anything.
Nell: Well, it did and I’m pleased to say that it managed a small portion of smoked salmon with scrambled eggs later and a large Americano from Babycakes Gillespie’s coffee cart.
Me: Had it stopped eating then?
Nell: Yes. Maine Coons can’t eat when they’re stressed.
Me: I’m the opposite.
Nell: I know. The Two Doughnuts Incident is never to be forgotten.
Me: I had Covid. I needed sugar.
Nell: The second doughnut was Kev’s.
Me: He didn’t mind.
Nell: Moving on. Poppy made an interesting suggestion at Morning Thoughts which I’d like you to consider in a calm and reasonable way.
Me: Does it involve her sword?
Nell: Not directly, hopefully, although she has taken to carrying it since she became David’s bodyguard.
Me: Poppy is Dave’s bodyguard? Isn’t that the wrong way round?
Nell: Never underestimate the Power of Poppy.
Me: No, you’re right.
Nell: Talking of bodyguards, you may also notice David wearing a hat more often than recently.
Me: Fashion statement?
Nell: No. Henry and Horst are joining the PPT and will set up HQ for the ID in David’s hat.
Me: PPT and ID?
Nell: Poppy’s Protection Team and the Insect Division. Do keep up.
Me: This is beginning to feel like an episode of Line of Duty.
Nell: I can assure you that this is most definitely not a television show.
Me: Anyway, what’s Poppy’s suggestion?
Nell: We invite the Maine Coons to afternoon tea.
Me: Will there be sandwiches as well as scones?
Nell: Yes, but that’s not the point. Keep your enemies close.
Me: And the sandwiches closer. Sorry.