- C) partner
- B) neat
- D) sense
- A) explore
- B) spend
- D) pass
- B) leave
In my early 20s, after a year and a half in England, and four months in France, I returned to the United States and got a job at a camp in northern Virginia. My __partner__ that summer was Dan from Mississippi, and I am from Rhode Island. We worked together with a group of boys from 12 to 14 years old. I’ve always been a bit untidy, but Dan was __neat__ and clean, even after a night in the woods with our campers. We could not have been more different, but we got on because we shared the same __sense__ of humor.
At the end of the summer, a few of us went to __explore__ a cave in West Virginia and got stuck in the cave for the night. It wasn’t as dramatic as it sounds. The park rangers had told us to stay there if anything happened. They knew where we were going, and when we should have been back. Dan hurt his right foot badly. So we had to __spend__ the night in the cave. Food and water were not a problem, but we turned off our lights to save power. In the distance, we could hear the sound of running water.
To __pass__ the time, we told stories. That night in the cave we moved from one family story to another. As the night wore on, I remembered more and more. I was not alone–the cave, the blue light and the flowing water released stories and memories that we had never revealed to anyone. It was as if a river of stories had started flowing in each of us.
When the rangers came the next morning, we didn’t want to __leave__. «Can’t we just tell a few more stories?» In the cave, that night, I became a storyteller.