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By Virginia M. Scott

After contracting meningitis, a fifteen-year-old woman turns into deaf and needs to fight with accepting her listening to loss and being authorized by way of her family and friends.

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Uh, no," she said, looking as if she really wanted to just go on reading the thick novel. "Dad and I saw the most beautiful velvet couch that'll be so perfect there.  " "Oh come on, that's not it," I interrupted with an awful suspicion starting to panic me. Then I put. the suspicion into words, "You sold it! " Mom's expression said she had. I don't know if I felt angrier at their selling it or at the look of pity Mom gave me just then. "How could you do that, Mom? " I asked more calmly than I felt.

I listened to it a while before raising myself onto my elbows to look for the radio's owner. It took a minute, but I traced the music to a yellow beach towel. Lying on it was a guy with black hair and a great body. He was lying on his stomach, wearing black-and-white checked trunks. Page 9 I didn't realize that I was staring at him until Rhapsody in Blue was almost over. Actually, I hadn't been staring at him. After I checked him out as the radio's owner, I was looking in his direction and not really seeing him, if you know what I mean.

The pause was very long, or at least it seemed to be. A pain in my head made time stop and I forgot everything else. I don't remember Mom paying for the dress or leaving the shop. We were out on the sidewalk in front of the store when Mom saw Helen Burke, the mayor's wife, and stopped to talk. I don't know what they said. I can remember standing there and smiling now and then. I can remember feeling very hot in the sun. But most of all, I remember the pain. It was like a big hand was squeezing the base of my head, which felt stiff and sore.

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