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The house smelt of chicken curry. Grandpa Bhim was sipping his morning tea and reading the papers. He would start on breakfast soon and Lakshana hoped to be home just in time to tuck into some yummy Indian pancakes. Laranya was already outside and waved frantically for Lakshana to hurry. She pointed towards the stable and mouthed something Lakshana could not quite comprehend.

"What is it?" asked Lakshana stepping out into the front porch.

"The boys should be already in there," announced Laranya climbing up the steps. She took a while to catch her breath. "Maybe we should bring eggs. Tomatoes can't be enough," she suggested.

Laranya looked flushed. Although tall for her age, she was also big-boned. Her latest addiction to Uncle Jerry's mud pies in town had not helped her physique very much. "I'd like a cup of hot cocoa," she said, interrupting Lakshana's thoughts.

Lakshana offered her water bottle which she sipped on reluctantly. They then opened their backpacks to confirm they were well-equipped -- rope, torches, a container of homemade smelly jelly and tomatoes. Laranya spotted something else under a small pack of flour. "Scissors? Lak, we agreed not to bring weapons!" she cried.

"You think they're going to stick to their promise? How naive of you, Laranya!" replied Lakshana and zipped up her bag before Laranya could say another word. Laranya decided to let the matter rest. The girls linked their arms and ran towards the stable panting and giggling. They stopped behind Father's pick-up truck and watched for signs of the enemies.

The stable seemed empty from the outside. Except for the occasional neighing of the horses, they could not hear anything else. Lakshana peeped from behind the truck to check for footprints but the area, except for bicycle-tyre marks, remained clear. "How do you know they've arrived?" whispered Lakshana.

"I thought I saw Deepak ride in. Maybe it wasn't him," replied Laranya. Lakshana crawled towards the entrance, carefully hiding behind the many logs stacked by the side. She stopped midway when suddenly, it dawned upon her. "Did you say 'ride in'?" she asked.

Phlap! Ram missed her head and the slimy egg splattered against the side of a log. Just like that, the fight had begun.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. What was Grandpa Bhim's breakfast that morning ?
  2. Laranya 'waved frantically' and 'pointed towards the stable' (paragraph 1). What did she want to convey to Lakshana ?
  3. Laranya was addicted to 'Uncle Jerry's mud pies' which had not 'helped her physique' (paragraph 4) very much. Explain clearly what this means.
  4. Why did Laranya reluctantly sip the water Lakshana offered ?
  5. Why did the girls carry smelly jelly and tomatoes with them ?
  6. Explain clearly why Laranya was shocked to see the scissors in Lakshana's backpack.
  7. In what way was Laranya naive ?
  8. Why did Lakshana not realise earlier that the boys were already there ?
  9. Quote the two-word phrase in paragraph 8 which means 'became clear'.
  10. How did the fight begin ?
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Answers
 

1.

His breakfast was tea and Indian pancakes with chicken curry.
 

2.

She wanted to tell Lakshana to burry because the boys could already be in the stable.
 

3.

Eating the mud pies had made Laranya put on more weight/had made her become bigger in size.
 

4.

She wanted to drink a cup of hot cocoa instead of water.
 

5.

They were planning on throwing them at the boys.
  6. The boys and girls had agreed on not to bring along any weapon that was sharp or dangerous, but Laranya found the scissors, which was dangerous.
  7. Laranya believed everyone would be like her and follow rules.
  8. She was concentrating too much on checking for footprints that she ignored the tyre marks which were most probably made by the bicycles the boys rode.
  9. It is 'dawned upon'.
  10. Ram threw an egg at Lakshana but it missed her head.
 
 
 
 
 

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