By Louisa May Alcott
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I haven’t obtained any,” started Jo, yet stopped without warning, remembering that she had. “You be aware of you may have; you can’t cover something, so up and ’fess, or I won’t tell,” cried Laurie. “Is your mystery a pleasant one? ” “Oh, isn’t it! all approximately humans you recognize, and such enjoyable! you need to pay attention it, and I’ve been aching to inform this very long time. Come! you start. ” “You’ll no longer say something approximately it at domestic, will you? ” “Not a be aware. ” “And you won’t tease me in inner most? ” “I by no means tease. ” “Yes, you do; you get every little thing you will have out of individuals. I don’t understand how you do it, yet you're a born wheedler. ” “Thank you; fireplace away! ” “Well, I’ve left tales with a newspaper guy, and he’s to offer his solution subsequent week,” whispered Jo, in her confidant’s ear. “Hurrah for pass over March, the prestigious American authoress! ” cried Laurie, throwing up his hat and catching it back, to the nice satisfaction of 2 geese, 4 cats, 5 hens, and part a dozen Irish little ones; for they have been out of the town now. “Hush! it won’t come to whatever, I dare say; yet I couldn’t leisure until eventually I had attempted, and that i stated not anything approximately it, simply because I don’t wish anybody else to be upset. ” “It won’t fail! Why, Jo, your tales are works of Shakespeare in comparison to part the garbage that’s released each day. Won’t or not it's enjoyable to determine them in print; and shan’t we consider pleased with our authoress? ” Jo’s eyes sparkled, for it’s continuously friendly to be believed in; and a friend’s compliment is usually sweeter than a dozen newspaper puffs. “Where’s your mystery? Play reasonable, Teddy, or I’ll by no means think you again,” she acknowledged, attempting to extinguish the bright hopes that blazed up at a be aware of encouragement. “I may possibly get right into a scrape for telling; yet I didn’t promise to not, so i'm going to, for I by no means believe effortless in my brain until I’ve informed you any plummy little bit of information i am getting. i do know the place Meg’s glove is. ” “Is that every one? ” acknowledged Jo, having a look dissatisfied, as Laurie nodded and twinkled, with a face jam-packed with mysterious intelligence. “It’s fairly adequate for the current, as you’ll agree while I let you know the place it's. ” “Tell, then. ” Laurie bent and whispered 3 phrases in Jo’s ear, which produced a comical swap. She stood and stared at him for a minute, having a look either shocked and displeased, then walked on, announcing sharply, “How have you learnt? ” “Saw it. ” “Where? ” “Pocket. ” “All this time? ” “Yes; isn’t that romantic? ” “No, it’s horrid. ” “Don’t you're keen on it? ” “Of direction I don’t; it’s ridiculous; it won’t be allowed. My persistence! what could Meg say? ” “You aren't to inform anybody; brain that. ” “I didn’t promise. ” “That was once understood, and that i relied on you. ” “Well, I won’t for the current, besides; yet I’m disgusted, and want you hadn’t advised me. ” “I suggestion you’d be happy. ” “At the assumption of anyone coming to take Meg away? No, thanks. ” “You’ll consider larger approximately it whilst an individual involves take you away. ” “I’d wish to see anyone attempt it,” cried Jo, fiercely. “So should still I! ” and Laurie chuckled on the thought. “I don’t imagine secrets and techniques believe me; i think rumpled up in my brain because you informed me that,” stated Jo, particularly ungratefully.