Fun and Games by the Sea

Me: It was fun and games on the beach today.

Nell: It was certainly very windy.

Me: The sea froth turned Dave into a Dalmatian. Harriet couldn’t stop laughing at him.

Nell: I’m not a fan of sea froth. It sticks to the paws.

Me: Dave did look funny though, Nell, and he didn’t care about the froth.

Nell: Not a lot bothers David, to be honest.

Me: He’s an awfully optimistic sort of animal. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Now, Malcolm told me something rather worrying this morning and I’d like your opinion.

Me: How exciting.

Nell: I said worrying, not exciting.

Me: I know, but you so rarely ask for my opinion on anything. What’s happened?

Nell: Stephen Seagull is coming to tea.

Me: That’s not exciting. It’s dreadful.

Nell: I agree.

Me: Why?

Nell: Because he’s the evil head of a vicious seagull gang called the Beefies.

Me: I meant why is he coming to afternoon tea?

Nell: He’s Susan’s biological father so when he asked if he could come to tea she felt it was the least she could do.

Me: I see.

Nell: He says he wants to meet Miss Penny Lane.

Me: I don’t like the sound of that.

Nell: Neither do I. Apparently, the Beefies have told him of her beauty.

Me: Penny doesn’t want to be getting involved with a nasty piece of work like him.

Nell: Which is what I said to Malcolm.

Me: She doesn’t need to be there.

Nell: That’s the thing. She wants to be. She says she’s got a few things she needs to say to him about driving her family up north.

Me: Has he got a car?

Nell: Figuratively, not literally. Good grief. The Beefies chased her family away. Remember?

Me: Oh yes. Sorry.

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