Carlos felt something
strange. What was wrong?
He woke up late that
Saturday, as usual. The street sounds sailed through his window. People
were talking loudly. He heard laughter, mothers calling for their
children, kids playing, someone yelling. The music blared from the stand
at the corner. What was wrong?
apartment, everything was silent. He didn’t hear his wife fussing in the
kitchen. Rebecca usually made a big breakfast on Saturdays.
hear his daughter, Katie, bumping her shoes or fists into Jerry’s door.
He didn’t hear his son screaming for her to stop. Even the dog was
quiet. What was wrong? No radio. No conversation.
Carlos looked at the
clock across the room. Ten o’clock. Something was definitely wrong!
He pulled on his
jeans and ran his hands through his hair. He went slowly to the door and
listened. Nothing. He opened the door a little and looked around. Nothing.
He slid his body through the opening. His heart was pumping. He could feel
it pound his chest.
He started toward the
kitchen. His feet moved slowly from heel to toe.
Katie? “ He thought he heard a scuffle in the kitchen. He inched his way
through the kitchen opening. He jumped back startled.
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II Comprehension and Reflection
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