For the lands sake, Miss Pollyanna, what a scare you did give me, panted Nancy, hurrying up to the big rock, down which Pollyanna had just regretfully slid.
Scare? Oh, Im so sorry; but you mustnt, really, ever get scared about me, Nancy. Father and the Ladies Aid used to do it, too, till they found I always came back all right.
But I didnt even know youd went, cried Nancy, tucking the little girls hand under her arm and hurrying her down the hill. I didnt see you go, and nobody didnt. I guess you flew right up through the roof; I do, I do.
Pollyanna skipped gleefully.
I did, mostonly I flew down instead of up. I came down the tree.
Nancy stopped short.
Came down the tree, outside my window.
My stars and stockings! gasped Nancy, hurrying on again. Id like ter know what yer aunt would say ter that!
Would you? Well, Ill tell her, then, so you can find out, promised the little girl, cheerfully.
Mercy! gasped Nancy. Nono!
Why, you dont mean shed care! cried Pollyanna, plainly disturbed.
Noeryeswell, never mind. II aint so very particular about knowin what shed say, truly, stammered Nancy, determined to keep one scolding from Pollyanna, if nothing more. But, say, we better hurry. Ive got ter get them dishes done, ye know.
Ill help, promised Pollyanna, promptly.
Oh, Miss Pollyanna! demurred Nancy.
For a moment there was silence. The sky was darkening fast. Pollyanna took a firmer hold of her friends arm.
I reckon Im glad, after all, that you did get scareda little, cause then you came after me, she shivered.
Poor little lamb! And you must be hungry, too. IIm afraid youll have ter have bread and milk in the kitchen with me. Yer aunt didnt like itbecause you didnt come down ter supper, ye know.
But I couldnt. I was up here.
Yes; butshe didnt know that, you see! observed Nancy, dryly, stifling a chuckle. Im sorry about the bread and milk; I am, I am.
Oh, Im not. Im glad.
Why, I like bread and milk, and Id like to eat with you. I dont see any trouble about being glad about that.
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