Penelope tried to smile, but she couldn’t. She was too disappointed in herself. She knew she could have done better if she had just practiced her spelling words.
“Maybe next time we can practice together,” Rachel said. “We can find the time after school, or even during lunch. In fact, let’s make it fun! We can quiz each other while we jump rope or play Hopscotch.”
“I like that idea,” Penelope said.
Just then, Penelope’s teacher approached them. “I’m really surprised,” she said. “You’re one of the best spellers in my class. I thought for sure you would win.”
Penelope glanced at Rachel. “Next time,” she said. “I will.”
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