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Pirate Cave Ghost, Part 3

Pirate Cave Ghost, Part 3
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.13

     challenging words:    blockage, cobweb, martinez, rubble, spectral, canter, opening, mild, unfamiliar, whatever, owner, moisture, scramble, passage, after, case

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Pirate Cave Ghost, Part 3
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     After getting a mild scare in the caves, the boys went home for the night. They met for lunch at the ice cream shop before going back to the caves. Trevor stared at the pile of food Marco ordered.
2     "What's with all the food?" he asked.
3     "I just wanted to be prepared with plenty of energy in case we ran into that ghost," said Marco reasonably.
4     "You boys going ghost hunting?" asked the ice cream shop owner as he slid their refilled drinks across the counter.
5     "After what you told us yesterday about Mr. Canter seeing one, we thought we might look around a bit," said Marco.
6     "Just be careful while you are keeping your eyes open," said Mr. Martinez. "Did you hear? Those thieves struck again last night. They hit Mrs. Johnson's house. Who'd have thought she had anything worth stealing?" Mr. Martinez shook his head and walked away, wiping the counter as he went.
7     The boys finished their food and picked up their things. Marco groaned as they walked.
8     "I think I ate too much. Even my little sister could catch me now, never mind the ghost!" he complained.
9     At the caves once again, the boys got their flashlights ready. Trevor's backpack, loaded with other things they might want, was firmly on his back. Then they plunged once again into the unfamiliar darkness.

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