David takes it Very Seriously

Me: Is Dave playing Cowardy Custard with Walter Pigeon again?

Nell: Yes. He’s been out there since breakfast.

Me: One of them is going to have to look away soon.

Nell: It won’t be David. He takes the game very seriously.

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Walter only does it to annoy. He’ll get bored soon and fly off.

Me: I wonder how they decide when the game begins.

Nell: It’s from the moment you lock eyes.

Me: But how do you know the other person is playing? If they’re not, they’re going to find you staring at them like that very odd.

Nell: They look away and you’ve won. That’s all that matters.

Me: You’re very good at it.

Nell: Yes, I am.

Me: You were doing it to Alice yesterday morning when she was eating her cereal.

Nell: I was not.

Me: You were giving her an unwavering stare. Were you begging?

Nell: I was being supportive.

Me: Is that why she shared it with you?

Nell: Alice likes to share. She’s a sweet girl.

Me: Well, she’s safely home with her little family now.

Nell: Which is exactly where she should be.

Me: Yes. Did Harriet have a lovely day with Jim the Farm Dog?

Nell: She did, which is particularly important after Bumper’s news.

Me: What news?

Nell: He’s decided to return to the US.

Me: Oh no.

Nell: Much as he loved being with us all, duty calls and he must return.

Me: But what about the stage manager job?

Nell: We’re going to have to advertise.

Me: And the stuffed tiger? It’s going to be devastated to see him go.

Nell: It’s not real, you know.

Me: It is to me.

Nell: I worry about you sometimes. I really do.

Me: Sorry.

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