You’re Stronger Than You Think

Me: Dave was absolutely over the moon to see Tony.

Nell: We all were.

Me: Harriet was a little reserved. She’s grieving in a different way and wanted Dave to have time with his best friend. Unlike you.

Nell: Tony is my person too, you know.

Me: He and Sue are so sad about Poppy.

Nell: Talking of Poppy she wanted me to say she knows today is a difficult one.

Me: Scattering Alex’s ashes is going to be very emotional.

Nell: It is.

Me: I shall have to unleash my inner warrior to get through this.

Nell: Which is why Poppy wants you to look in her palace.

Me: Poppy’s Palace? Where she used to sleep?

Nell: Yes.

Me: Kev put all of Poppy’s things in the front bedroom. I haven’t been in there since we lost her.

Nell: I know but you need to go there now.

Me: I don’t think I can.

Nell: I will be by your side. Come on.

Me: This is very hard.

Nell: Just look inside under the blanket.

Me: There’s a book.

Nell: Yes.

Me: And something shiny.

Nell: Be careful.

Me: It’s Poppy’s sword.

Nell: Guardians don’t need swords.

Me: I’m honoured.

Nell: You’re not to use it, however. Poppy was quite clear about that. It’s just for looking at and knowing you’re much stronger than you think.

Me: And the book?

Nell: It’s for David. All her recipes.

Me: Wonderful.

Nell: The sword is for sharing, by the way.

Me: I see.

Nell: Anyone feeling a little lost or low is allowed to look at it.

Me: I think Harriet and Kev might need to do that too.

Nell: So, do I. Now let’s get ourselves ready to say goodbye to Alex.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

Nell: No sorries. Not today.

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