Nell is Playful and Sara Gets it All Wrong

Me: Harriet said you and Dave were playing together.

Nell: What’s wrong with that?

Me: You don’t play. You’re not a playful sort of animal.

Nell: Everyone plays now and again.

Me: You left Harriet out of your game.

Nell: It was Tickle my Chin. Only two can play.

Me: I think you should play with Harriet next time. It’s awful to be the one on the sidelines.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: Watching sadly while others are having fun.

Nell: Harriet is absolutely fine.

Me: She looked a little low to me.

Nell: Stop imagining things that aren’t there. You do it all the time.

Me: Yes, you’re right.

Nell: If it makes you happy, I will ask Harriet to join me in a game of Bridge this afternoon.

Me: I used to play Bridge when I lived in Africa.

Nell: I know you did but we don’t need any other players. My friend Dorothy will be joining The Cat and Harriet and I will make up the other team.

Me: So, now I’m going to be the one watching all alone from the sidelines.

Nell: You don’t need to watch at all. If you want to do something useful you can help Poppy bring out the cake and sandwiches halfway through.

Me: And stand and watch you all eating? I don’t think so.

Nell: What are you talking about? Of course you won’t watch us eating. Afternoon tea is for everyone.

Me: Oh, I misunderstood.

Nell: Well don’t. This game of Bridge was arranged weeks ago. There’s only a place available because Rupert dropped out at the last moment.

Me: Why didn’t you ask me?

Nell: I was going to until you suggested Harriet was feeling left out.

Me: Oh, I got that all wrong, didn’t I? Sorry.

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