Still No Sign of Herr Hoffmann

Me: You and Dave were in deep discussion on our walk.

Nell: David thought he saw a bear in a tree.

Me: Was it a bear?

Nell: Don’t you think I would have told you?

Me: What was it then?

Nell: A large cat.

Me: Like a tiger, or a lion?

Nell: No. Like one of The Cat’s relatives.

Me: Oh. You mean a Maine Coon?

Nell: Yes.

Me: I can’t believe there’s still no sign of Herr Hoffmann?

Nell: He appears to have vanished into thin air.

Me: He can’t have done.

Nell: I know that.

Me: Do you think we should ask the Beefies?

Nell: I beg your pardon?

Me: They’re always flying around poking their beaks into everything. They might have seen something.

Nell: They’re not going to tell us if they have, are they?

Me: What if we offer a reward?

Nell: I’m not rewarding a Beefy.

Me: They’d do anything for one of Poppy’s scones.

Nell: They’re definitely not to be trusted.

Me: Maybe we should call Book a Beefy and ask Terry.

Nell: You don’t always get Terry when you Book a Beefy.

Me: We could request him specifically.

Nell: Yes, it might be worth a try.

Me: Terry could put the word out on the Book a Beefy network.

Nell: That’s actually quite a good idea.

Me: Maybe we could give Terry and Tony the ‘Have You Seen This Bear?’ posters to distribute on their rounds?

Nell: Yes. Herr Hoffmann isn’t the only one missing, by the way. Sir Roger Blubbery didn’t come home last night.

Me: You know he’s only a Sir because Poppy knighted him with her sword, don’t you?

Nell: Don’t start all that again. You’ll be telling me David isn’t the Mayor of Kingsbridge next.

Me: He wasn’t. Sorry.

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