She entered the room hastily.
I [e was awaiting her.
"I was afraid you would be thinking I bad forgotten," she -aid.
"Nu," he responded calmly, in the toi.....f one who is master of himself.
"An engagement is an engagement with me.
She was a beautiful girl. A wealth of chestnut hair rippled below the wide
brim of her bonnet. Her close lining, tailored gown yielded to every move¬
ment of her supple form.
He was a bit above the average height, the clean cut, square-chi.......1 chap.
whose every expression bespoke of self-reliance.
A- he looked at her. hi- glance was deferential, yet not timid.
"It has been a long while since we saw each other,' he remarked.
"Yes, nearly a year," she replied.
"liui do you remember when I lelt that time you -aid I would have to
"Yes. You should have come sooner than this."
"But 1 have been so busy—going and coming—dances, dinners, Ihe
theatre, and all."
"1 know. And you were married, too?"
Hi- voice did not tremble a- he asked this, yet across her fare there flashed
a quick tinge of humiliation.
••I — 1 would rather not -peak of that," -be observed, almost coldly. "That
i- all over. Wi—wi — Il was lo be expected. The truth is. we were uol meanl
for each other. So I — I got a divorce."
" ll was better so, no doubt," he responded gently. "Wont you -il down ?"
She look the chair he indicated, and a- he looked down al her she flashed
him a sudden smile.
"1 was afraid of you the la-l time," she said merrily.
"Rill—you arc not afraid now?"
Hi- voice seemed lo give her a.—urance. She smiled again.
He put his lingers beneath her dimpled chin and tilted her bonny head
back, then gazed at her earnestly. Her limpid eye- looked up at him lru-1-
ingly. The rose-pink of her cheeks came and went fitfully. The while of her
throat throbbed with each breath. He bent nearer to her, still with that fixed
gaze. 1 Irr lip- were parted.
lie raised her bead and -he looked mil of the window silently.
There was a pause. Al la-l she spoke
"Wbal arc you studying about? What have you decided?"
"I think I'll have lo lill two of your teeth," be -aid quietly. "The res I
are all right. You have taken better care of them than mnsl women do,"
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