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68. Riding a Roller Coaster
At Sunflower Middle School, the 8th graders would
go to the amusement park to celebrate the
and finally entering high school. Robert's group of
were all excited to go, but he wasn't.
truth was that Robert was afraid of heights.
lot of the rides at the amusement park
fast and high. Robert didn't want to admit
his friends that he was afraid of heights.
would probably make fun of him and tell
he's not being a man.
Robert told his
that he had a family trip that day. "
Robert, it's a free trip to one of
most popular amusement parks in America!" his teacher
. His friend overheard Robert saying he could not
. "Robert, you have to go! Don't you want
spend time with us? We're all going to
high schools," Michael said. This was true. Maybe
can just go on the rides that are
roller coasters. Michael decided to go. He did
to see his friends one last time.
amusement park, his friends wanted to go on
tallest ride first. Robert felt his hands shaking.
friends all got in line. As they got
to the front of the line, Robert's hands
sweating. When they reached the front, Robert couldn't
. "Robert, come on! It's our turn," one of
friends said. "I'm too scared. I can't," he
. "Just try it, you might like it," his
said. Robert took a deep breath and went
the ride. He closed his eyes and the
coaster took off. Robert actually liked it! He
how the wind felt rushing against him. When
got off the ride, he wanted to go