Nicole Gets Grounded




play (2) mermaid find/found/found
fun trick (2) I can’t help (2)
funny mean (2) what do you mean
stupid wear off reverse (2)
kind of cheerful eventually
cereal goldfish suspicious
stuff spell (3) grounded
mature over this going on (2)
boring promise examination (2)
insult annoying physiological
x-ray sensible psychological
blood improve in that case
suggest bull’s eye figure out
worry behavior appointment







Voice: Nicole. Nicole.
Nicole: Who’s there?
Voice: Come and play, Nicole.
Nicole: I will if you tell me where you are.

Mermaid: Yey, you’ve found me.
Nicole: Another mermaid?
Mermaid: You would be fun if you were younger, like me.
Nicole: I can’t help what age I am.
Mermaid: No, but I can.
Nicole: What do you mean?
Mermaid: There. That should do the trick.
Nicole: WOOO!!! I’m young again!!! WEEEEE!

Mermaid’s Friend: Aren’t you going to reverse your spell on Nicole before we go?
Mermaid: No, it will wear off eventually; might take a few minutes, might take a few months.

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Nicole: Good morning!
Sister: Why?
Nicole: Why what?
Sister: Why are you up so cheerful so early. It’s kind of suspicious.
Nicole: There’s nothing to be suspicious of.
Sister: Really Nicole: goldfish in my cereal!
Nicole: What? I didn’t do that.

Sister: Nicole!!!
Nicole: What? Were you sitting on this?
Sister: MOM!!!
Nicole: Heh, heh, heh, heh!

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Nicole: Why is your stupid stuff in my room? Take your shirt! I’m going to throw your stupid shoe at . . .

Mother: No, you’re not.
Nicole: NO, no, no!
Mother: I don’t know what’s been going on with you lately, Nicole, but we’re gonna see Dr. Shockter over this, because we’ve got to get this figured out.
Nicole: But I’ll be good; I promise.
Mother: You’ve always been mature and sensible. This isn’t right.
Nicole: Mature and sensible. Boring.
Mother: We’re going now.

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Mother: Dr. Shockler, what do you think is wrong?
Dr. Shockler: Now, I took a full physiological and psychological examination. I took x-rays, y-rays, z-rays. I ran blood tests, blood tests, blood tests, blood tests.

I can just confidently assure you without a doubt that Nicole is a perfectly normal seven-year old girl.

Mother: She’s fifteen (15)

Dr. Shockler: Well, in that case, you have plenty to worry about.

Mother: What do you suggest?

Dr. Shockler: You look pretty healthy for a woman your age.
Mother: My age?
Dr. Shockler: Yeah, what are you now, sixty, sixty-five? Seventy?
Mother: Cut that in half and you’ll be nearer that mark.
Dr. Shocker: Nearer, but still no bull’s eye, right?

Mother: I’ve never been so insulted.
Dr. Shocker: Make yourself another appointment, and we’ll see what we can do about that.

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Mother: Alright Nicole. I don’t know what’s been going on, but until I see some improvement in your behavior, you’re grounded.

Nicole: Mom!

Mother: You heard me.

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Nicole: I can’t believe I’ve been grounded. This is so, so, so STUPID!

Mother: Nicole, what are you doing up there? Close the window; you’re grounded.

Nicole: She is so annoying. I just want to be un-grounded so I can leave my room . . . wait. If she’s outside, then that means I can leave my room.

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Mother: I see you, Nicole.

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1. In the beginning, somebody called Nicole on her phone. True or false?

2. Did the Mermaid do something to Nicole? What did the Mermaid do to Nicole?

3. Was Nicole a bad girl to her sister? What did Nicole do to her sister?

4. Nicole’s mother took her to a veterinarian. Is this right or wrong?

5. What did Dr. Shockler say? Did her mother say anything?

6. When they returned home, was everything back to normal? What did Nicole’s mother do?

7. Nicole loved being grounded. Is this correct or incorrect?


A. I have seen mermaid costumes. Yes or no?

B. Have your friends been grounded? If yes, why were they grounded?

C. Do you or your friends wish you were younger?

D. My parents and grandparents wish they were younger. True or false?

E. Is it possible to become younger, or look younger even if you are older? Do some celebrities look young for their age?

F. What will happen in the future?

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