The Choice (part 1)

The Choice (part 1)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.36

     challenging words:    smock, simulation, better, confirmation, warning, impressive, pleasure, position, hallway, scan, mirror, surface, bare, print, form, silence
     content words:    Deena Alexander, Then Deena, What Deena, Deena Marie Alexander

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The Choice (part 1)
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     The room had been nearly full. One by one, the others had been called by name and had not come back. At least, not yet. Deena sat on the front edge of her chair, staring at her hands. Her ears were tuned for the footsteps of the person who would call her name next.
2     Last month, Deena had turned 16. Her father called it her "sweet 16." Her gift wasn't just sweet, it was great. Mom and Dad must have saved for months to afford it. It was a trip to the Center for Choice and Understanding.
3     The name of the place actually sounded more impressive than it was. Many of her classmates had envied the gift. Deena wanted things to happen. She was tired of waiting. Here at the Center, her dream would come true for a little while.
4     The door opened without warning. Deena gave a little jump. A woman in a blue smock called her name.
5     "Deena? Deena Alexander?"
6     "That's me!" said Deena, springing up out of her chair.
7     "Come this way, please. We have everything set up for you now."
8     Deena followed the woman down a long hallway. They turned off into a small side room. The walls were bare, but in the center of the room was a couch. A viewing hood was at the raised end.
9     The woman gestured to the couch. "Please make yourself comfortable."

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