By Lois Lowry
It has been a year since Jonas left his community with Gabriel in search of "elsewhere." Jonas reached this place of "elsewhere" only one week after leaving his community. Luckily, nothing had happened to Gabriel. But Jonas wasn't as fortunate. His entire right arm had gotten frostbite, and he needed it to be amputated. Fortunately, with the technology this city of "elsewhere" had, this was possible. They were even able to make a moving mechanical hand that responded to Jonas' nerve signals, which was exactly like a normal arm.
Upon arriving, Jonas was immediately helped to a hospital by a friendly citizen, who would become Jonas and Gabriel's parent. His name was Carl. He was just driving along to work when he saw the two. Upon noticing their condition, he instinctively drove them to the nearest hospital, where they got a lot of medical attention.
This was the first time that a person from a "perfect community" has reached this city. But these doctors knew how to handle the situation. They amputated Jonas' arm and made a mechanical arm for him that day. And that was also the day Jonas and Gabriel were adopted by Carl.
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"Jonas, wake up Jonas! Time for school!" Carl said. For it was a routine for him now. Every day he would have to wake up Jonas and make sure he wasn't late.
"Ah! Dad! Can't I just sleep a few more minutes?" Jonas asked.
"No, school starts in ten minutes. You have to wake up now in order to make it on time!" Carl replied.
"Ok..." Jonas said groggily.
"Your lunch money is on the table, get ready,