Differences of Opinion

Me: The puppies seem awfully serious.

Nell: If you’d been at Morning Thoughts you’d know why.

Me: It’s my writing time.

Nell: There were some huge differences of opinion.

Me: Was it about slippers? They really aren’t for everyone and a little bit of mud on the floor isn’t the end of the world.

Nell: It wasn’t about slippers.

Me: What was it about?

Nell: Afternoon tea with Stephen Seagull.

Me: I see.

Nell: The problems began with the guest list.

Me: Is he bringing someone?

Nell: No, but everyone seems to think they should be there.

Me: We all enjoy an afternoon tea.

Nell: You’re definitely not invited, so don’t start.

Me: I can be very well behaved.

Nell: You write everything down.

Me: It’s what I do best. Who’s invited?

Nell: Susan will be attending with Malcolm as her husband.

Me: And Miss Penny Lane?

Nell: Of course. I shall be overseeing proceedings with Harriet as my deputy.

Me: What about Dave?

Nell: David will be serving.

Me: Not a good idea.

Nell: He wants to prove himself.

Me: He’s my darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy but food rarely reaches the table untouched.

Nell: I don’t think Stephen Seagull cares about half eaten scones. He’s a Beefy.

Me: Who else will be there?

Nell: Henry and Horst, Rupert and the Stuffed Tiger.

Me: Why is it invited?

Nell: It’s always there. It sits by the yellow chair. You sound like Beauregard. He says if tigers are invited he should be too.

Me: He has a point.

Nell: And I haven’t even got to the food.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: Do we offer Stephen a lovely afternoon tea, or soggy leftovers?

Me: Soggy leftovers every time.

Nell: But Beefies like their leftovers soggy.

Me: You’re right. Sorry.

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