Gertrude, are you
ready for the ball yet? Her husband, Cedric, adjusted his tie.
Cedric, of course
Im ready. Im so excited about going to the ball. To think were going to
the Royal Scotsman Hotel. Ive always wanted to go there. I do hope Jeems
has the car ready. Gertrude searched the closet for her parasol.
outside. He saw Jeems standing near the car. Whats wrong, Jeems?
The car wont
start, Sir. Im afraid youll have to call a taxi. Jeems sighed.
A taxi? Gertrude
will never accept that. She wants to go to the ball in our car.
Im sorry, Sir.
The car is broken. Youll have to call a taxi, Sir. Jeems opened the hood
of the car. Ill see what I can do, but dont hold your breath.
Cedric went inside
and found Gertrude. Im sorry, dear, but the car is broken. Well have to
call for a taxi.
turned ugly and scrunched up. A taxi? Never. Why cant Jeems fix the
broken. Im going to call a taxi now. Cedric went to find a telephone. A
few minutes later he called to his wife. Dear, there are no taxis
available. If you want to go to the ball, well have to take the bus.
Gertrude held onto
the wall. Public transportation? Never, Cedric.
Then we cant go
to the ball. I might as well undress.
No, Cedric. I
want to go to the ball, no matter what.
Very well then.
Well take the bus. Cedric locked the door behind them and they strolled
to the bus stop. When it pulled up they climbed on board. They sat in the
Oh, Cedric. This
is appalling. This bus smells horrid. Gertrude groaned. They drove
through the town, bumping up and down, stopping at every corner. When a
man walked past wearing dirty clothes, Gertrude nearly fainted.
Were here now.
Cedric helped Gertrude off the bus. Theres the Royal Scotsman Hotel. We
made it safely.
with relief and the two of them went into the hotel. That night they had a
grand time dancing and sipping champagne. Much to her relief, when it was
time to leave, Jeems had fixed the car and was able to pick them up!
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