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Bundt cake

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Clare stood in the middle of the town square, her heart pounding like a drum. The crowd had dispersed, leaving only the lingering scent of sugar and spice in the air. Fred, the man she had suspected of stealing her Bundt pan, was now standing in front of her, a sheepish grin on his face.

“Clare,” he began, his voice as smooth as the icing on his cake, “I owe you an apology.”

Clare crossed her arms, her eyes narrowing. “You think?” she retorted, her tone dripping with sarcasm. “You steal my Bundt pan, lie about it, and then have the audacity to enter my bake-off with a cake baked in my own pan!”

Fred had the decency to look embarrassed. “I know, I know,” he said, running a hand through his hair. “I just… I wanted to impress you, Clare. I’ve always admired your baking skills.”

Clare’s heart softened a little. She had known Fred for years, but she had never seen this side of him. “Well, you have a strange way of showing it,” she said, her voice softer now.

Fred nodded, his eyes sincere. “I know. And I want to make it up to you. How about I give you golf lessons?”

Clare blinked, taken aback. “Golf lessons?” she repeated, her eyebrows shooting up. “What on earth does that have to do with baking?”

Fred shrugged, a playful glint in his eyes. “Nothing. But it’s something I’m good at. And I thought… well, I thought it might be fun. A way for us to spend some time together.”

Clare was silent for a moment, considering. She had never played golf before, but she had to admit, the idea was intriguing. And she had to admit, she was curious to get to know this new side of Fred.

“Alright,” she said finally, a small smile playing on her lips. “I’ll give it a try.”

And so, they began their golf lessons. Clare was a natural, her precision in baking translating well to the precision required in golf. Fred was a patient teacher, always encouraging and supportive. And as they spent more time together, Clare found herself falling for him.

It was during one of their golf lessons, under the warm glow of the setting sun, that Fred confessed his feelings for her. “Clare,” he said, his voice serious, “I know I messed up. But I want you to know, I care about you. More than I’ve ever cared about anyone.”

Clare looked at him, her heart pounding in her chest. She had suspected as much, but hearing him say it out loud was something else entirely. “Fred,” she said, her voice barely above a whisper, “I care about you too.”

And so, amidst the rolling greens and the scent of freshly baked cakes, Clare and Fred found love. It was an unexpected twist in their story, a sweet surprise like the hidden filling in a Bundt cake. But as they say, life is full of surprises. And sometimes, those surprises are the most delicious ones of all.

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