Me: It was hard to say goodbye to Shel this morning. I wish he didn’t live so far away. Vancouver is on the other side of the world.
Nell: He’ll be back soon.
Me: It was a lovely visit. I just feel bad for being unwell the whole time.
Nell: It’s not your fault and it didn’t matter at all. It wasn’t that kind of visit. You’re both grieving. and just needed to spend a quiet time together.
Me: Talking to Shel was a great comfort.
Nell: Now, I know you’re supposed to be resting but there’s something I need to discuss with you.
Me: I thought you looked a bit bothered. What’s wrong?
Nell: David says he’s been made Mayor of Kingsbridge.
Me: Kingsbridge already has a mayor.
Nell: Well, it has a new one now. David has the chain to prove it. He’s as proud as lunch.
Me: You mean punch.
Nell: I do not. Lunch is something to be justifiably proud of but violence can never be condoned.
Me: Never mind. That’s not a mayoral chain, Nell.
Nell: Isn’t it?
Me: No, it’s an extra chain to make sure his lead stays attached.
Nell: But David’s so proud of being chosen as mayor.
Me: Yes, I can see that. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell: On reflection I think we shouldn’t tell him.
Nell: There’s nothing wrong with a little showing off now and again.
Me: You old softy.
Nell: It can be our secret.
Me: What if Dave starts wearing one of those big three cornered hats with the ostrich feathers?
Nell: No. I’m drawing a line at that. It’s bad enough that Poppy is going through her pirate phase.
Me: I think she looks sweet.
Nell: She has a sword.
Me: Yes. Sorry.