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