She’ll be Back

Nell: It’s very early.

Me: I know but we have to take Alice to the station.

Nell: Not for a couple of hours.

Me: I couldn’t sleep, Nell. Lots of thoughts were milling around in my head.

Nell: Nothing new there.

Me: No. Sometimes it’s just easier to get up and write them down.

Nell: We had a lovely time at the activity field yesterday, didn’t we?

Me: We did. You were extremely sprightly and Poppy positively skipped along. I know you’re trying to cheer me up.

Nell: Is it working?

Me: Not really. I’m awfully sad that Alice is going.

Nell: I know you are but she needs to get back to Andre and the children and her life in Germany.

Me: She does.

Nell: They’re going to be so excited to have her home.

Me: Yes, and she will be happy to see them.

Nell: Which is just as it should be.

Me: It is.

Nell: I think today might have to be a Cuddling Day.

Me: Is there such a thing?

Nell: Of course. David will play a vital part but I shall be there for chats and Poppy will provide tea and scones.

Me: What about Harriet?

Nell: She’s spending the day with Jim the Farm Dog.

Me: Is she, indeed?

Nell: After her talk with Sally she realised she had a handsome suitor on her doorstep.

Me: Exactly.

Nell: So when he knocked on the door with a bunch of wild flowers she was delighted to see him.

Me: Nice touch.

Nell: Rupert’s idea.

Me: Good old Knitwear Wolf.

Nell: Less of the old, please.

Me: Noted.

Nell: The time just before you say goodbye is always the most difficult.

Me: It is.

Nell: She’ll be back.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

Nell: No sorries. Not today.

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