Nell: I need a word with you, please.
Me: Are you going to tell me all about your date with Rupert?
Nell: It wasn’t a date. It was lunch with a friend.
Me: Did he whisper sweet nothings in your ear?
Nell: Certainly not. We enjoyed an excellent lunch and admired the view. Everyone at The Cottage Hotel sends their love and best wishes for a full recovery.
Me: How kind.
Nell: Yes, and Sarah has sold all your books to guests so you need to get some more to her as soon as possible.
Me: That’s wonderful news.
Nell: Rupert says he’s happy to take them to the hotel once you’ve signed them.
Me: You could go too, Nell, in the sidecar. It would be a second date.
Nell: Enough. Now, would you kindly explain why you’re up and dressed so early when you’re supposed to be resting?
Me: I’ve got my Wednesday Writers workshop on zoom this morning.
Nell: Are you sure that’s a good idea? You’re still very tired.
Me: Yes, It will do me good to be with other writers again and give me something else to think about.
Nell: You’re a little emotional at the moment.
Me: Don’t worry. I shall be amongst friends, Nell. They understand.
Nell: Fine. I was just checking.
Me: I appreciate it. I really do. So, going back to your date with Rupert.
Me: Did he mention why he’s been spending so much time with Myfanwy lately?
Nell: He did, as a matter of fact.
Me: Care to share?
Nell: Let’s just say Myfanwy is in need of a friend at the moment.
Me: I see.
Nell: And no, I’m not going to tell you why.
Nell: Stop meddling and enjoy your workshop.
Me: Yes. Sorry.