Nell: You were coughing all night again.
Me: I know. The doctor said I’ve just got to rest and it will pass.
Nell: She also said you’re completely run down.
Me: I’m afraid I am.
Nell: The last few weeks have taken their toll so when you caught whatever this is you had little resistance.
Me: Try not to worry. I’ll be fine once I can get some proper sleep.
Nell: You’d better be.
Me: Do you know why the puppies keep staring out of the window? It’s as if they’re waiting for someone.
Nell: It is, isn’t it?
Me: Why are you smiling? You hardly ever smile.
Nell: Maybe it’s because I know a rather special pocketful of happiness is coming your way tomorrow.
Me: Coming my way? Tomorrow?
Nell: That’s what I said.
Me: Tell me.
Nell: A certain somebody very dear to your heart is flying over from Germany for a long weekend.
Me: With me?
Nell: With her mother. Yes.
Me: Her mother? Are we talking about Alice?
Nell: We are. She couldn’t get time off work for Alex’s funeral but she was determined to come and see you as soon as she could.
Me: Do you mean to say Alice is arriving tomorrow?
Nell: Yes, and she’s staying with us until Monday.
Me: That’s absolutely wonderful, Nell. I’m in tears now.
Nell: I knew you would be.
Me: I hope it isn’t all too expensive for her.
Nell: Don’t start. She needs to see you.
Me: I need to see her too.
Nell: Of course you do.
Me: This means so much to me. What a wonderful surprise.
Nell: Alex would be happy that you’re happy.
Me: She would.
Nell: Now try and rest. Alice will be here before you know it.
Me: Yes. Sorry.