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Rave New World
an SAT/ACT vocabulary novel

Chapter 5

Part 1

“Curfew!” Jaden hissed. They had talked too long. When The Corporation said “lights out” it meant “lights out.” No warning, nothing. The lights just went out. All over the Splitter Center.

And with the power out, odds were that Baqer’s security bypass was out as well.

“Tomorrow afternoon,” Jaden whispered, hoping Baqer would understand. He could hear Baqer scurrying to hide the notes from their conversation. He desperately wanted Baqer’s confirmation that he’d keep their project clandestine, but there was no time for that now. If they weren’t both in bed by automatic bed-check, they’d be in big trouble.

Jaden scrambled toward the dorms. There wasn’t a second to spare.

After five years in the center, Jaden knew his way in the dark and had all the shortcuts memorized. He slid under the covers just as the red line of the bed-scan passed over him.

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