By Gertrude Chandler Warner
While Benny hears that somebody his age has moved in down the line, he's overjoyed! Benny hops on his motorcycle and rides over, excited to fulfill the boy. Then Benny reads the identify at the boy's blouse. Beth. the hot child isn't a boy. She's a lady!
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Eric shook his head. ” “Suit yourself. ” “Sure, why not,” Eric said, grateful that his friend had apparently forgotten all about the mystery woman. Conversation over pie shifted to the news of the day. Charlie didn’t mention the girl in the car again. With luck he never would. Eric had enough trouble coping with his friend’s rapid-fire small talk without having to deal with recurrent probing into his private life. As the afternoon slid by and periodic checks of his home terminal continued to show no contact with Polikartos, Eric found his mind wandering further and further from his work.
Nothing to do now but wait. He was startled at how tense he felt. Might as well do some work after all. His feeble excuse having been readily accepted at the office, he could at least enjoy a working vacation. Since someone else was doing his searching for him, he’d managed to moderate his obsession. He thought of calling and telling Charlie, finally decided against it. Charlie was his closest friend, but among his qualities that were not admirable was his inability to keep a secret. Better to let him think he was sick.
He went into the office, made small talk, had lunch with Charlie, chatted about inconsequentials on the tube homeward. He resisted the urge to rush into the bedroom to check the terminal. When he finally could stand it no longer, he found the day file blank except for the arrival of his electric bill. A quick search showed that no one else had tried to get in touch with him. The next morning he tried Polikartos’s office, ran into the polite and impenetrable electronic secretary. He tried all morning from work, not caring what his office might think of the flurry of personal calls over company lines.
Benny's New Friend (The Boxcar Children: The Adventures of Benny and Watch Series, Book 3) by Gertrude Chandler Warner