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He’s Back

Me: What’s going on?

Nell: Quiet. David is giving us a Running Commentary. He’s the only one who can actually see him.

Me: Who? Tony?

Nell: No.

Me: Is it Babycakes Gillespie and his coffee cart?

Nell: Babycakes has flown back to the US to see his family.

Me: I wondered where he’d gone.

Nell: You can be very unobservant for a writer.

Me: I’ve had an idea.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: Maybe it isn’t the eggs that Poppy’s been missing? Maybe it’s her morning Americano and doughnut?

Nell: Good grief.

Me: Maybe Poppy’s been suffering from a sugar low? Although she seems quite happy this morning

Nell: Did you notice anything outside our front door earlier?

Me: Only the usual basket of eggs. Poppy is making omelettes for lunch, by the way. She wants everyone to choose a filling.

Nell: The usual basket?

Me: Yes. Hang on a minute. The basket is back.

Nell: And she’s finally there.

Me: Which means Jim the Farm Dog is back.

Nell: Sherlock Martin strikes again.

Me: So, why are you at the gate?

Nell: David is watching Jim and his team walking the fields.

Me: Strange he hasn’t contacted Harriet.

Nell: There weren’t just eggs in the basket.

Me: Do tell.

Nell: There was a bunch of wild flowers and a message saying ‘For my love. J x’

Me: Why is Jim leaving flowers for Poppy?

Nell: They’re not for Poppy. They’re for Harriet.

Me: Highly suspicious.

Nell: Nonsense. Jim always leaves flowers for Harriet. Haven’t you noticed?

Me: I can’t say I have but it’s something people do when they’re guilty.

Nell: It’s also something they do when they are in love.

Me: True.

Nell: So, let’s just wait until we’ve heard his side of the story.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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