It was Hallowe’en night, at last.
Lucy lay awake in bed, still and silent, pretending to sleep until she could hear the light snores of her roommate. Then she got up very quietly. She’d had to wait until Clementine was asleep to sneak out, because there was no way she would possibly understand, and she would probably report Lucy to the dorm mother.
Lucy was rather more daring and modern than her stuffy roommate, so she put on her shoes quietly, and then carefully opened the window and leaned out.
She would have no trouble getting out this way. There were no bushes by the window, and since they were on the ground floor, she would hardly even have to jump. The window was small, though, so she took her hat and tossed it a ways off into the grass, where she would not risk crushing it.
She pushed herself through, using her arms as leverage. She was still fully dressed, and she had some trouble bending her knees in her long skirt, tight down to her calves. She tumbled awkwardly onto the grass, but she made it out at last, hastily shut the window behind her, and stood out in the field, breathing the cool air and staring up at the bright moon.
She lifted her hat from the ground and pinned it back to her head, making sure it was at an attractive angle. He would be here soon. She looked around, smiling, waiting for him to meet her. He was taking her to a party, but he’d been very mysterious about where and what it was.
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