Cuddles and Scones

Me: It’s lucky Harriet doesn’t mind a large paw in her face.

Nell: I’m sorry. Did you say something?

Me: I was just commenting on the way the puppies snuggle up together. Faye does the same thing with Dave. It’s wonderful.

Nell: I’m afraid I can’t hear you.

Me: Can’t you?

Nell: It’s almost like you ate a scone you were not supposed to eat and lost your voice.

Me: I haven’t lost my voice.

Nell: You could have done.

Me: I only had one, Nell. I couldn’t resist it all warm and inviting from the oven.

Nell: Well, at least it proves that it only gives voices back, not takes them away.

Me: What about Harriet and Knitwear Wolf?

Nell: They’re trying one now.

Me: I hope it works.

Nell: So do I.

Me: Wait a minute. Isn’t that Knitwear Wolf asking for more jam on his scone?

Nell: It is.

Me: And did I hear Harriet ask for some cream?

Nell: You did. Their voices are back.

Me: Well done Poppy, Roley Moley and Jonathan. We should sing their praises to the world.

Nell: We should do no such thing. The Beefies mustn’t know yet.

Me: Why not?

Nell: We need them to eat the scones too so they get their own voices back.

Me: How are we going to do that?

Nell: Jonathan had an excellent idea.

Me: He’s good at those. I think he might take after me.

Nell: I sincerely hope not. Anyway, he said we should put a big basket of scones outside the door with a sign saying ‘Scones for everyone, except Beefies.’

Me: But we want them to eat them.

Nell: Being told you can’t have something is exactly what makes you want it even more. You should know.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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