The card shop was decorated for Valentine's Day. Red hearts, pink balloons, and other red, pink, and white decorations were displayed in the windows. Michelle and her mom entered the store and walked to the section with the Valentine's Day cards. Michelle picked up one box after another and looked them over. As she put the last box down, she shook her head.
"What's wrong?" her mom asked.
"I don't want to go to the party," said Michelle with a pout.
"Why not?" asked Mom. "You were so excited about it yesterday."
"I thought it would be fun. I don't think so anymore. I won't know anyone there," said Michelle. "Why did we have to move from our old neighborhood? I want to go back."
"You know you can't do that," said Mom. "The party at the recreation center is a good way for you to make some new friends."
Michelle folded her arms across her chest. "I don't want to make new friends. I like my old friends."
Mom picked up a box of cards. "These look nice," she said, handing them to Michelle.
Michelle looked at them and handed them back to her mom. "I guess they're O.K."
"Then these are the ones!" said Mom.
Mom went to the cashier followed by a gloomy Michelle. After Mom paid for the cards, they went home.
Later, Michelle sat at her desk in her room. The box of cards sat unopened, and Michelle just stared at them.
Mom walked by her door and peeked in. She pointed at the box of cards. "You need to get those ready."
Michelle put her head in her hands and sobbed. "I don't want to!"Paragraphs 15 to 41:
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