Nell: I’ve something extremely important to discuss with you.
Me: What have I done now?
Nell: You’re being watched.
Me: I can see that, Nell. You’re giving me one of your hard stares.
Nell: Not by me. Look at the window by your desk.
Nell: Do it casually. No sudden movements.
Me: Is that Walter? Is he spying on me?
Nell: I’m afraid Walter might have been turned.
Me: Turned into what? He still looks like a pigeon to me.
Nell: Turned to the dark side.
Me: Gosh. I hope not.
Nell: David has been saying this for quite some time.
Me: Dave and Walter have history with that staring at each other game.
Nell: Cowardy Custard is much more than a game.
Me: Is it though?
Nell: It’s a battle of wills and David is extremely good at it.
Me: Well, I could certainly do without Walter spying on me.
Nell: You may have to close your curtains.
Me: I’m not doing that, Nell. It’s where I write. It’s my special view.
Nell: It’s your decision but don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you’re not careful your words may no longer be your own.
Me: Walter can’t see what I’m writing.
Nell: Are you sure about that?
Nell: Just saying.
Me: Talking of views, Babycakes Gillespie is very colourful today. Even his bagels are starry and stripy.
Nell: Of course they are. It’s 4th July.
Me: Oh yes. I wondered why the llamas were wearing top hats and twirling batons.
Nell: Any excuse to show off.
Me: Well, Happy 4th July to our American friends.
Nell: Yes. Although it can be rather a difficult day for animals.
Nell: Fireworks are not an animal’s friend. Hopefully people will remember that.
Me: Yes. Sorry.