Me: I thought we could discuss yesterday’s visit to the Garden Centre.
Nell: I don’t think that is necessary.
Me: You were not well behaved at all.
Nell: I wouldn’t say that.
Me: Kev had to have words with you and that never happens.
Nell: I should have been allowed to accompany him inside to order lunch.
Me: He was only gone for a few minutes and you weren’t alone. I was there.
Nell: My place is by his side not outside in the freezing cold.
Me: It wasn’t freezing. What about me? I was outside too.
Nell: You had a blanket and a cushion.
Me: And why did you bark at that innocent dog?
Nell: It showed far too much interest in your blanket. I was protecting you.
Me: And what about later after our walk along the river?
Nell: I do enjoy the river walk. The grass is soft and the leaves on the trees are such a lovely colour.
Me: Yes, I like it too. Stop changing the subject.
Nell: You were the one who mentioned it in the first place.
Me: I was talking about your naughty behaviour.
Nell: I wouldn’t call it naughty.
Me: One minute you were off lead and walking nicely beside us.
Me: And the next you had completely disappeared. We were so worried.
Nell: Nonsense. I just needed to pop back into the Garden Centre.
Me: It was only when the ladies at the till heard us calling you that we realised where you were.
Nell: They like to give me a treat and one of them is a huge fan of our conversations.
Me: I know. She might be willing to sell my book.
Nell: Well then. You should be thanking me.
Me: I suppose I should. Sorry.