Laurie bent and whispered three words in Jo's ear, which produced a comical change. She stood and stared at him for a minute, looking both surprised and displeased, then walked on, saying sharply, " How do you know ? "
" Saw it."
"All this time?"
" Yes ; isn't that romantic ? "
" No, it's horrid."
" Don't you like it? "
"Of course I don't; it's ridiculous; it won't be allowed. My patience ! what would Meg say ? "
" You are not to tell any one ; mind that."
"I didn't promise."
" That was understood, and I trusted you."
" Well, I won't for the present, any way ; but I'm disgusted, and wish you hadn't told me."
" I thought you'd be pleased."
" At the idea of anybody coming to take Meg away ? No, thank you."
"You'll feel better about it when somebody comes to take you away."
" I'd like to see any one try it," cried Jo, fiercely.
" So should I ! " and Laurie chuckled at the idea.
" I don't think secrets agree with me ; I feel rumpled up in my mind since you told me that," said Jo, rather ungratefully.
" Race down this hill with me, and you'll be all right," suggested Laurie.
No one was in sight; the smooth road sloped in-