He loved Cora very much and didn't want anything in the world to make her sad.
As far as Alex was concerned, making Cora happy was his first responsibility.
He could hardly wait to get home and sat holding the gift -- wrapped bowl carefully on his knees.
Why did the bus move so slowly?
He was sorry he hadn't had enough money to buy the little bowls that accompanied the big one.
He would have had, if he hadn't invited one of his friends to lunch that noon.
Usually they went Dutch, but today, for some unknown reason, he had insisted on paying the restaurant check.
Oh, well, he would get Cora the other dishes later.
Besides, the one dish made such a big package that the man sitting next to Alex had to move over and make room for him.
Alex smiled to himself as he pictured Cora's face.
She would tell him he was being too extravagant, especially when it wasn't even Christmas or her birthday.
When he got off the bus, Alex hurried to the house, practically running all the way.
A few minutes later, Cora, opening the front door, almost fainted when Alex immediately handed her the package.
"You're all dressed up!" Alex exclaimed. "You look beautiful!"
Cora tried to speak, but the words wouldn't come out.
When at last they did, she whispered, "Oh Alex! I was sure you'd forgotten!"
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