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It’s Now or Never

Rachel Stein

Today was the worst day ever. Opening one blue eye and then the other, Tova groaned and wished she could turn right over and go back to sleep. It was the day of their whopper Navi test, and she hadn’t studied very well.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

“Come on, sleepy head, rise and shine.” Mommy’s cheerful greeting burrowed under her quilt and chased away the cobwebs of sleepiness. With snail-like slowness, Tova got up and started getting herself ready. “Ouch!” she yelped, stubbing her toe as she climbed down from her bunk bed. I knew today was the worst day. It’s starting already. She rubbed her sore toe. By the time Chani and Dini were finished with the bathroom, Tova had to rush. Racing out the door without eating breakfast, Tova ignored the angry rumbles from her empty stomach. She looked all around, but her good friend, Miriam, was nowhere in sight. I guess I missed her, Tova realized, feeling lonely as she huffed the rest of the way by herself. Sliding into her seat just as the last bell rang, Tova breathed a sigh of relief. But her relief was short lived. My lunch! She realized with dismay. I forgot my lunch!

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