After Burt and Dave had congratulated Nancy, Ned went on, “I think this calls for a celebration. How about all of us going out somewhere together?”
"Thank you," said Hannah Gruen. "But I think I’d better return home." Mr. Drew also said he should get to bed since he had to be up very early the next day.
Nancy was silent. “Well, how about it?” Ned asked her.
She blushed, then said she was greatly embarrassed. Bob Simpson had asked her to go out with him, and she had accepted.
Bob had just come from his dressing room and overheard the conversation. He walked up, smiling. “I couldn’t help overhearing what you said, Nancy. I know these fellows have come a long distance. I’ll be glad to step aside—that is, if you’ll give me a rain check.”
Suddenly an idea came to Nancy. “Ned, do you and Burt and Dave have to go back tonight?”
"Yes, we do."
"Then I have a suggestion. We girls will have to drive you out to the airport, and it will be late coming back alone." She smiled at Bob. "It might be good for us to have a male escort."
The leading man grinned. “Well, if you insist. But how about my finding a date? Maybe I can talk Kathy into going.”
"Swell idea," said Ned.
Carolyn Keene (Harriet Adams), The Clue of the Dancing Puppet (1962)