On the eve of the dance, the weather was quite pleasant for most of the day but took a turn for the worse in the evening. Though it was getting late, Jenny and Robert were still at the school putting the final touches on the decorations. They had completely transformed the gymnasium into a vivid representation of the explosion of color and life that was spring. As they were wrapping things up, Robert felt a sudden wave of sadness wash over him and was at a loss to explain it until he looked up and saw Jenny. She was only a few feet away from him, but he somehow felt the gap separating them steadily growing.
As usual, they passed the auditorium on their way out and Jenny’s mood seemed to change. Once again, Robert sensed the shift in her and the divide between them grew. Before Jenny had the chance to say goodbye, he suggested, given the time of night, that he should walk her home. She began to protest, but he declared that it was his duty as a gentleman. This only brought a look of bewildered disbelief to Jenny’s face. She reluctantly accepted in the end, as he kept insisting that it was the right thing to do.
They walked in a cold silence that could only be described as uncomfortable for what seemed like hours. Robert often glanced Jenny’s way hoping to catch her eyes with his smile; she only seemed to ignore him though, looking ahead, deep in her thoughts. Robert was beside himself, the always cheerful young man of the past was now a mess of pain and sadness. Seeming to reflect Robert’s tumultuous emotions, the sky let loose an overwhelming downpour of the largest rain drops onto the ground. Already quite drenched, Robert encouraged Jenny to make a dash for the overpass that was just ahead.
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