A Worrying Development

Me: There’s an awful lot of discussion going on at the bird feeder.

Nell: I know. Faye and Poppy are monitoring it from upstairs.

Me: Is Faye part of Poppy’s Protection team too?

Nell: Yes. There’s been a worrying development.

Me: What’s happened?

Nell: Well, after much deliberation David was chosen to go down to the beach alone at 3pm.

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Jonathan insisted on going down there first, however, to check out the lie of the land.

Me: He’s been to the beach before, Nell.

Nell: Jonathan wanted to position himself on River Beach to see what was going on.

Me: Right.

Nell: At the last moment Henry decided to go with him on his hat.

Me: A piratey one?

Nell: No. Chris provided a Canadian cap. Less conspicuous.

Me: Good idea. Where was Horst?

Nell: With David which was a blessing as he could communicate with Henry in Louse Code.

Me: What happened next?

Nell: David was just about to leave for the beach when Horst received an urgent message from Henry.

Me: What was it?

Nell: If I tell you then you must promise to keep it a secret.

Me: I’ll try.

Nell: It said: ‘Brown dog spotted on River Beach.’

Me: It is the dog beach.

Nell: I haven’t finished.

Me: Oh. Please continue.

Nell: ‘Suspect believed to be Harriet Martin.’

Me: Our Harriet?

Nell: Yes. She couldn’t bear the thought of David putting himself in danger and ran down to the beach.

Me: Sweet girl.

Nell: But that wasn’t all. You’re not going to believe this.

Me: I just might.

Nell: The last part of the message was: ‘Subject squawking like a seagull.’

Me: So Harriet has her voice back?

Nell: Yes. But it isn’t hers.

Me: Oh no. Sorry.

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