Monday Sunrise

Nell: It’s rather early.

Me: Look at the sunrise over the fields. Isn’t it beautiful?

Nell: It’s quite pleasing, I suppose.

Me: I love the colours. Magical.

Nell: Personally, I’d rather be asleep.

Me: I can smell baking, so Herr Hoffmann must be busy in the kitchen.

Nell: He’s been up for hours. He insists on fresh rolls for breakfast and who are we to argue?

Me: I thought yesterday’s roast was delicious.

Nell: Not quite up to Poppy’s standards but not bad at all.

Me: Adding red cabbage gave it a German feel.

Nell; I agree. What I like about Herr Hoffmann is that he isn’t trying to replace Poppy. He does things in his own way.

Me: So you like him now?

Nell: I never didn’t. I just need time.

Me: He doesn’t seem as tired.

Nell: No, I asked him why.

Me: What did he say?

Nell: ‘Bears get tired in the cold and it isn’t cold here.’

Me: I see.

Nell: And ‘Bears need to be needed and I’m needed here.’

Me: He’s right. Did he say anything else?

Nell: None of your business.

Me: You’re going to have to tell me now.

Nell: Don’t read anything into this because he says it all the time.

Me: Tell me.

Nell: ‘Vanna bear hug?’

Me: I like your German accent. Did you have one?

Nell: It would have been rude not to.

Me: Do you know what? Just like the sunrise, things are starting to get a little lighter.

Nell: Yes.

Me: I was dreading going to the activity field without Poppy, but seeing you all having fun made me realise life has to go on.

Nell; It does.

Me: Vanna bear hug?

Nell: Stop that. You’re not German and you’re not a bear.

Me: No. Sorry.

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