“Oh, no,” Tulip said. “My car won’t start and I have to get back to work.” She sat behind the wheel of a little car in the motel parking lot. The car made whirr-whirr noises. I knew those noises from adventures in the Porsche. Bernie got a look in his eye. I got the idea he was thinking of taking out the tools, a move I’d seen many times, never successful.
But Ray beat him to it. “Let me have a look,” he said. He popped the hood of Tulip’s car, huddled over the engine, and after what seemed like a very short time, said, “Try it again.”
Tulip tried it again. Hey! It started right up. Ray closed the hood.
“Thanks, Ray,” Tulip said. She gave him a sort of look, hard to describe. “But what if I break down on the way?”
“That won’t happen,” Ray said.
“But what if it does?”
“Uh,” Ray said, “I could go with you.”
“Would you really?” said Tulip. “That’s so nice.”
Ray turned to Bernie. “I’ll call you later,” Bernie said.
Ray got in the car with Tulip. They drove off. Bernie gave me a quick pat. “Life is full of surprises, Chet.”
And that was just one of the great things about it!
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