The Choice (part 2)

The Choice (part 2)
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.44

     challenging words:    beating, simulation, attendant, blur, constant, glimpse, fearful, suspect, police, impressed, entire, locker, form, shocked, remain, moment

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The Choice (part 2)
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     Deena picked up her backpack. It felt light for a change. Jess would be waiting at the bus stop. It seemed like they had been friends forever.
2     Maybe she could go to school by herself for a change. She could run now far faster than the bus could drive! She'd skip riding the bus and see Jess at school later.
3     Deena was standing by her locker when Jess stopped by.
4     "I missed you at the bus stop today, Deena," said Jess as she took a long look at her friend. "You look really nice today."
5     "Thanks. I decided not to wait for the bus today."
6     "You seem different," added Jess.
7     "That is because I am different," said Deena, as she closed her locker. "Today people will notice me. They will see that I am not average."
8     "I'm just average," said Jess softly as Deena turned away. "What's wrong with being average?"

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