"I have no idea what you're talking about!" Marina insisted. In fact, she was a little offended at the implication that she had taken the birthday cake.
Sharon felt compelled to apologize. "I'm sorry, Marina," she said. "I'm just upset. I don't have enough time to bake yet another cake for Bryan. We have to find this one!"
"We'll find it, Sharon," Marina replied. "No matter what, though, Bryan will have a wonderful birthday."
"I know. Thanks, Marina." And with that, Sharon and Marina went to find the cake culprit.