Steve wanted to ask Jenny to his school’s Spring Dance, but he imagined that she had plenty of dates and wouldn’t be interested (21) going with him anyway. When his friends(22) about his plans for the dance, Steve pretended to be(23), but they urged him to consider going to the dance. Steve (24)decided that he would make the effort to ask Jenny, but felt sure that he would be turned(25).
(26) the following afternoon, as Steve was delivering papers, he could see Jenny (27)on the front steps. She seemed to be waiting for someone. Steve grew more (28) as he approached her, pretending to be busy with his newspaper. By the time he managed to say hello, his courage had failed, and he had given up the idea of asking her to the dance.
(29) his surprise, Jenny suddenly struck up a conversation, and a few minutes later she asked him to the Spring Dance being held in her school. The turn of events was so startling to Steve (30), for a few moments, he could only stare in total amazement.