Companionship and Distraction

Me: I’ve been thinking.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: You know when we went over to the island when the tide was out?

Nell: Yes. We could walk all the way over to the hotel.

Me: I was watching you and Kev together just thinking your thoughts.

Nell: It’s what we do.

Me: After a while you gazed up at him in your special way.

Nell: I knew he needed me.

Me: Yes, and you needed him.

Nell: I did.

Me: And even though he was still staring at the island and thinking his thoughts he reached out and stroked your head.

Nell: I knew he would.

Me: And you were both happy.

Nell: We were.

Me: Just being there. Together.

Nell: Exactly.

Me: And that’s what you dogs do for us. The companionship you offer is such an incredible comfort.

Nell: It works both ways, you know. When you’re happy we’re happy.

Me: Yes.

Nell: And when you’re sad we’re sad.

Me: Yes.

Nell: I think you might be a little sad today.

Me: It’s just one of those days, Nell.

Nell: Well, I have some exciting news guaranteed to distract you.

Me: Tell me.

Nell: The Great Barberino has been asked to sing at the Burgh Island Hotel.

Me: Good for him.

Nell: And David is joining him on stage as a Special Guest.

Me: That’s exciting.

Nell: The posters say ‘The Great Barberino with Special Guest The Mayor of Kingsbridge.’

Me: But he isn’t the Mayor of Kingsbridge. What if the real mayor decides to go instead?

Nell: David’s going to wear his mayoral chain and The Cat has found him a beautiful red cloak.

Me: We don’t even know if the real mayor can sing.

Nell: Told you it would be a distraction,

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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