Carmen held the gate open as the old truck sputtered through - and then died.
He sputtered and wiped the snow from his face, grinning at her as he proceeded to make a snowball of his own.
When Dean first introduced himself, the young lady continued with her engaging smile until it became obvious she had no idea what he was saying—even after he sputtered the half-dozen words of Spanish he knew.
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