The next day, Evie spends a lot of time in the lobby trying to bump into Peter Coleridge. By dinner, she's desperate enough to go to the front desk to send a note up to his room.
When she asks the hotel manager, Mr. Forney, he tells her that Mr. Coleridge has checked out of the hotel.
Evie leaves the hotel and walks, hoping that she'll run into him in the street somewhere. She gets back to the hotel and sees Mr. and Mrs. Grayson arguing under a tree, but they stop when they see her.
The next morning, Evie goes to the pool and notices that Wally—that ugly bellhop—is watching her.
He comes over and asks her why she went to the dance if she didn't want to dance, and she tells him that he couldn't keep up with her. Oh snap.
Wally leaves and she sees that Mrs. Grayson is also at the pool, writing on a notepad. A gust of wind upsets her papers and Evie runs to grab them. She notices that one says: "It could all explode in our faces…" which, you know, seems kind of ominous.
She hands them back to Mrs. Grayson quickly, who tells her that she dresses like a kid for someone who's turning sixteen in October, and then suggests that she take Evie on a shopping trip as an early birthday gift.
They drive down to the shops, where Mrs. Grayson has Evie try on a bunch of outfits for her. She makes all the final decisions on what they will buy, and she finally has Evie try on a glamorous evening gown—it looks fantastic and Mrs. Grayson says she's buying it too.
Afterward, when they're in the car, Evie says that she doesn't know when she'll see her crush again. Mrs. Grayson assumes that she means Wally, and not Peter, which offends Evie.
She wonders if Mrs. Grayson invited her out as a gift, or if it was to make her keep quiet about what she'd seen on the papers at the pool.