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"To have finished. There's nothing more thoroughly satisfactory than finishing something," Bob said, earnestly.
"But some things are too wonderful ever to finish," Polly objected, looking down at the stars reflected in the pond. "I'm simply broken-hearted at the thought of leaving to-morrow. It's all been so fine. Why, Bobby, what will life away from Seddon Hall be like?"
"Whatever you make it, I suppose," Bob said, wisely. Polly was silent for a time.
"Well," she said at last, "whatever I do, or whatever happens to me, it will never be quite as nice as Seddon Hall."
"What a happy outlook," Bob teased. "Polly, you're indulging in the blues. Stop it!" he commanded.
Polly laughed and gave herself a little shake. "All right! It's the stars, they always make me sad; come on, let's go back and dance."
As they returned they met Betty and d.i.c.k. They were hurrying around the corner of the house.
"Whither away?" Polly called, gaily.
"Oh, Poll, the most awful thing has happened!" Betty explained, when they came up to them. "The sherbet didn't come and all the cla.s.s are tearing their hair; we're out looking for it."
"Better join the expedition," d.i.c.k laughed.
"Betty tells me there are no less than seven back doors to this place, and the sherbet may be melting at any one of them."
"Oh, d.i.c.k, it's serious!" Betty said, crossly. "Dot Mead called up the caterer and he said it had been delivered," she explained to Polly.
"A tragedy!" Bob exclaimed. "I must have sherbet; the party will be ruined without it."
"Of course it will," Betty answered; "you can't do just with chicken salad. It's got to be found. You go that way and we'll go this. Look at every door, and perhaps we'll find it."
They started in opposite directions, but when they met outside of the a.s.sembly Hall a few minutes later the sherbet was still missing.
"I'm going to tell Mrs. Baird," Betty said; "maybe she can suggest something to do. d.i.c.k, you wait here with Polly and Bob. I'll be right back."
And she disappeared through the window.
"Do you suppose," Polly said, suddenly--"I have an idea. Come with me, both of you." She ran down the road, regardless of satin slippers, as far as the gym. "They may have left it here by mistake," she said to the boys.
Bob ran to the door. "Here it is!" he exclaimed. He pointed to the six buckets packed full of ice.
"What will we do with it?" d.i.c.k inquired. "Carry it back to Betty?"
"No; we'll unpack it here--ugh! The ice is all slushy." She stood back to save her dress.
"We'll do it," Bob said. "You look out. Here d.i.c.k, dump them."
"You'll ruin your clothes," Polly protested. "Wait and I'll get some one from the house."
"Never!" d.i.c.k declared, "wait even an instant while this precious stuff melts; I should say not."
"All right, you unpack it; be careful of the tins, the covers fall off sometimes, and the salt gets in the ice cream," she warned. "I'll go find Betty."
She found her on the Senior porch. She was just coming out with one of the maids.
"We've found it!" Polly called to her.
"Jemima! where?" Betty demanded.
"At the gym. The driver must have just dumped it down at the first door he came to. The boys are unpacking it."
Fifteen minutes later the sherbet, a little melted and, perhaps a trifle salty, was served in gla.s.s cups and no one but the agonized Seniors and d.i.c.k and Bob knew of the narrow escape.
The rescuing party joined Lois and Jim over in one corner of the room.
"It's delicious," Bob said, feelingly. "Jim, did you ever unpack ice cream cans that were completely surrounded by slush?" he asked, casually.
"No!" Jim said, wonderingly. "Why?"
"Didn't you? You should have."
"Do it the next warm night when you're all dressed up."
"It's a great way to cool off," d.i.c.k advised.
"What are they talking about, Poll?" Lois demanded.
Polly explained. "It was such a lark watching them!" she concluded, laughing.
"I'm going to write," Betty began, and then stopped abruptly.
"Write what?" d.i.c.k asked.
Betty's expression changed. "Jemima!" she said slowly; "I was going to say, that the next composition I wrote would be on the Quest of the Missing Sherbet and then I suddenly remembered that I wouldn't have to write any more. This is our last night," she added, solemnly.
Polly and Lois looked at her. The smiles faded from their lips, and they ate the rest of the sherbet in silence.
Commencement was over. The service in the little church had been very simple, but very beautiful. The Seniors dressed in the daintiest of white lawn dresses had received their diplomas, and marched slowly down the center aisle.
There had been a hurried scramble back to school. A change of clothes and then the long line of carriages had started for the station.