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Poppy Houdini

Nell: The sea was delightfully warm yesterday. Even I had a swim.

Me: Harriet kept circling me.

Nell: She likes to keep everyone close at the moment.

Me: Is she missing Jim?

Nell: Very much. He says he will be back very soon.

Me: Have you told her about that photo with Rita Pawreno?

Nell: No. We decided it was all mere speculation and Jim should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Me: You’re probably right.

Nell: I shall be demanding an explanation however, as soon as he comes back.

Me: Don’t you think Harriet should be the one doing that?

Nell: Harriet doesn’t know.

Me: Harriet might know more than you think. She’s a wise little thing and a trained spy.

Nell: We shall see.

Me: Kev is awfully annoyed with Poppy.

Nell: I know he is. Her behaviour on the beach was atrocious.

Me: I don’t know how she managed to slip out of her harness. She’s like a dog version of Houdini.

Nell: Kev said he isn’t taking her to the beach again.

Me: Can you blame him? She terrorised that visiting greyhound and all it was doing was enjoying the beach.

Nell: It’s the egg situation. The sooner Jim comes back the better.

Me: Kev just turned his back for a moment and she was gone.

Nell: She can be a very naughty animal.

Me: He will take her to the beach again.

Nell: I know.

Me: He was just angry.

Nell: Poppy says she doesn’t care.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: She does, of course.

Me: Maybe she should apologise?

Nell: Poppy doesn’t do apologies but she’s making his favourite dinner.

Me: Steak and chips?

Nell: Yes, with mushrooms, peas and even onion rings.

Me: He’ll forgive her.

Nell: He already has.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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