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kitchen, where he was shocked to discover a teenaged Taylor sitting at the breakfast table beside hisfather, who was grayer and heavier.READINGSP10R08XP014Go on to the next page.3
“So you finally woke up,” commented Jake’s father, casually sipping his coffee. “We thought you’dsleep forever.”“You certainly overslept!” added Taylor in a surprisingly mature voice.Jake shook his head as if to disperse the fog of dreams. “What are you talking about?”“You’ve been asleep for four years,” Jake’s father replied calmly. “Better get dressed, or you’ll belate for your last day of school.” This statement set Jake’s mind reeling. His last day of school? Hadhe really slept so long? Was he noweighteenyears old?Lost in a whirl of confusion, Jake went to his room to dress for school and discovered that none ofhis clothes fit him. He borrowed a shirt, pants, and shoes from his father—and they made him lookand feel even older.Taylor led zombie-like Jake out the front door to the curb. Boarding his bus, Jake stared inbewilderment at the aged faces of his friends. “Hey, it’s Jake!” shouted someone from the back of thebus. “He’s back!” One by one, his schoolmates began to recognize him.“Buddy, you sure look older!” said someone sitting near where Jake stood. Jake looked down todiscover his friend Benjamin smiling heartily and looking startlingly like his older brother. Jake satbeside Benjamin, who eagerly told what had happened during Jake’s years of slumber—how Mr.Albert had retired from teaching science, and how Ms. Freed had married. Benjamin spoke excitedlyof hockey games won and lost; of books read and remembered; of school plays, classes, pep rallies,and car washes. They were small, ordinary events, but to Jake they seemed extraordinary because theyhad happened without him. He had missed grades nine through twelve. And now there would be nomore school days with Benjamin, his teachers, or his other friends. Jake had slept them all away.“Come on, buddy, get up,” called Jake’s father. Jake pried open leaden eyelids to see his fatherstanding at the foot of his bed, looking younger and leaner. Beside him was a nine-year-old Taylor,seemingly more girlish and bubbly than ever before.20“Come on, sleepyhead!” she giggled. Her laughter seemed as bright as the yellow sunshinesplashing about the room. “You don’t want to miss school, do you?”Jake beamed and looked at his family. “No, I wouldn’t want to do that,” he said as he threw backthe covers and leaped out of bed.1.What conclusion can be made based on the fact that Jake’s pajamas do not fit?READING
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