Soon after Laura was ready, Ruth came into the room, saying, “It’s time to go to the ball.”
Thinking it was too early to leave for the party, Laura was surprised at her mother’s comment. Still, she rushed downstairs to find Bradford, looking very dashing in a black cutaway coat and white tie, waiting for her.
Grinning, Jenny ran up to Laura and revealed, “Mr. Hampton is my surprise.” Her smile was so big, and she looked so pleased with herself that Laura didn’t have the heart to say that Bradford didn’t have to take her to the ball.
Bradford, his eyes laughing, said, “It was Jenny’s idea that I be your escort. She knew you had no way to get to the ball without riding in an open wagon.”
Jenny’s eyes twinkled, as she hoped Laura would be happy she’d thought of the idea. Trying to look pleased, Laura gave her a quick squeeze.
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