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Home Again

Me: It’s wonderful to have you home.

Nell: Thank you. May I rest now, please?

Me: In a minute, let’s finish going over your exciting escape.

Nell: If we must.

Me: So, while Lionel and the cats were distracted by the owls and the honey bombs Poppy threw down her sword.

Nell: Yes, and I cut Rupert free.

Me: What happened then?

Nell: Princess and Sir Roger Blubbery arrived alongside the ship with the Navy seals towing a rubber dinghy.

Me: So you didn’t have to jump in the sea?

Nell: No. Rupert and I managed to climb into the dinghy.

Me: What about Poppy and Miss Maple? Did they fearlessly fling themselves into the waves?

Nell: They jumped out of the crow’s nest into the sea if that’s what you mean.

Me: How daring and brave. I hope you didn’t leave Poppy’s sword on the ship.

Nell: No, Rupert took it.

Me: Did you manage to get Poppy and Miss Maple into the dinghy?

Nell: No. They rode to the beach on sealback.

Me: Where we were all waiting to welcome you.

Nell: Yes, with cartwheeling llamas and the Welsh Corgi Choir.

Me: I couldn’t stop them. Did you appreciate the banner and the balloons?

Nell: I did and it was most kind of the Whippets Institute to organise tea on the beach.

Me: I thought so too.

Nell: The scones weren’t quite up to Poppy’s standards but the jam and cream were excellent and the butterfly cakes were delightful.

Me: We started out with a larger selection of sandwiches but Dave ate some by mistake.

Nell: Nothing new there.

Me: It was comfort eating. He was really worried about you. Poor darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: It was typical David and you know it.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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