"I must go to Minneapolis right away!" Mary told her parents. "Adam has fallen ill!"
It seemed the train couldn't get to Minneapolis quickly enough. Mary prayed for the entire duration of the journey. "Dear Lord, please let Adam be all right!" At last she reached Alan Barton's home, where Adam was staying.
"I fell down and hit my head hard," Adam told him wife. "I woke up in the hospital. It was raining hard, but I knew that I had to finish the exam. I dashed out of the hospital and raced to the place where the exam was being given. I finished the second day of testing and returned to Alan's house and went to bed. When I woke up, it was three days later and I'd missed the final day of the exam. Now I'll have to wait until next year to take it again."
"Oh, no, you won't!" Mary cried. "After everything you've been through, the examiner will have to make an exception for you! I'm going to talk to him right now!"
The instructor was cordial but remained firm. "Those are the rules," he insisted. "I'm very sorry for what happened to your husband, and I realize that it wasn't his fault, but I can't make an exception for him."
"But you don't know everything Adam's been through!" Mary exclaimed. "He lost his sight as a young boy and only recently got it back. He has a wife and a young son to support. Becoming a lawyer is so very important to him. Please, please give him an opportunity to make up for the day he missed."
"Very well," the instructor told her. "Have him report for the exam first thing tomorrow morning. You should have been a lawyer yourself, Mrs. Kendall."
"Oh, thank you!" Mary exclaimed, rushing to tell Adam the good news.
The next day, Mary waited outside the building where the exam was being given for what seemed to her to be a very long time. She was beginning to wonder whether everything was all right when Adam appeared, looking triumphant.
"Well, how do you think you did?" she asked him.
"I waited until the examiner finished grading my paper. That's why it took so long," Adam explained. "I not only passed, but I received an almost perfect score!"
"That's wonderful!" Mary exclaimed, hugging and kissing him.
Then it was time for the long train ride back home. The return trip seemed to pass much more quickly for Mary than the trip to Minneapolis had.
Little Charlie was thrilled to see his parents again.
"Guess what, Charlie!" Adam said to his son. "Daddy's going to law school soon!"
"Law school," Charlie repeated.
After they returned home, Mary prepared Adam's favorite meal in celebration. Then the family went for a carriage ride around town, then went back home, where they sat in the living room talking until it was Charlie's bedtime.
Mary gathered the little boy into her arms and carried him into his bedroom and lay him in his crib. Then she went to her own bedroom and began to get ready for bed herself.
She felt a pair of arms encircle her, then the softness of Adam's lips kissing her neck. She reached back and ran her fingers through his hair.
"It's so nice to be home," Adam whispered as he caressed his wife's body.
"It's nice to have you home," she replied, turning to kiss his lips.