Oh, you’re done with hide-and-seek?
So they found you, finally?
“No. I got bored and wandered off.”
That sounds like my brain sometimes.
Never mind. What do you want?
“Can you play with me?”
No; I have work to do.
“What are you doing?”
Writing and revising.
“That’s work? I thought you were just staring into space.”
“How about this bird? Can he play with me?”
He can’t play with you either. He’s a dummy.
“That’s not nice!”
“I mean a picture book dummy; that’s a sample book so people can see what the published form could look like.”