Is It time to give up? (ON HOLD!!!)

Halle is 13 years old, she loves her horse, Baylie, and lives in the busy city of Manhattan. Halle goes to the best school that money can buy, she has everything she could ever want. But it seems she is missing something. When Halle takes a hard fall, will she ever be able to get back in the saddle? Will she finally find what she is missing? Or will she be forced to give up what she loves the most, her horse, will she move on and find better things?


7. Chapter 7

   There is a bright light in front of me, pretty much blinding. I slowly open my eyes, but close them because of the light. I pick up my hand to shield my eyes from it, and again I open then. I look around and see I am in a bed, but not just any bed. A hospital bed. I lift up my head and see people out in the hallway, their mouths are moving but I don't hear any words coming out. They were probably talking quietly, so they didn't wake me. A doctor walks by and looks my way. When he see's that I'm awake he runs over to a desk and then a bunch of people run into my room.

    The doctors mouth is moving, but like the people in the hallway, no sound comes out. Well, none that I can hear. I stare at him with a blank expression, he stops talking and then my mom runs in. She wraps my in a hug and smooths my hair. Her mouth starts moving, and then I get really scared. I start crying, it's too scary. I can't hear anything, it's like they are playing a joke on me. Trying to get me to think I can't hear.

   My mom takes my head in her hands, and again moves her mouth. I shake my head and bury it under the blankets. After a few minutes I feel someone tap on my shoulder. I look up to see that everyone is out of the room except for the doctor. He has a piece of paper in his hands. He holds it out to me, I grab it and read it.

    Can you hear us?


   I look at him, and shake my head. His shoulders sink down, and he gets up. He takes the paper and quickly writes something on it before handing it to me and walking out.

      I will be right back, try not to move. Someone will be in soon with some food.


   Now I am really scared. I sit in bed, trying to figure out why I am here. Slowly the memories come back, me on a horse. But it's not Baylie, then I'm in the air, hitting the ground. And that's all I remember. But that doesn't explain why I can't hear. There is a pain in my right ear, I reach my hand up and rub it. It stings in pain. I cry out, and take my hand down. Slowly I put my hand back and feel a bandage on my ear. What happened to it.

    A nurse walks in with a tray in her hands. She sets it in front of me and motions for me to eat it. I open my mouth to ask her whats going on, but I can't hear myself. It's strange, I open my mouth again and say one word, help.

   She looks at me with a sad expression. She points to her lips and shakes her head. I guess she means for me not to talk. I have no idea what it going on. I slowly reach for the plate, it has a salad on it. I pick through it, hardly eating. I'm not the hungry so I push it away, waiting for the doctor to come back like he said he would.

    Finally after 20 minutes he walks back in. With another piece of paper. He hands it to me. it's really long.

  Halle, if you remember, you fell off of a horse. When you feel you landed on a stick, the stick was lodged in your ear. You had surgery to have it removed. Even without the stick in your ear, the impact of the fall was so sever that it wasn't very likely you would be able to hear. You hit your head very hard, and it is very unlikely you will regain your hearing.

  I stare at him in disbelief. He just gives me a note, that pretty much changes my whole life. He hands me a pen and I write on the piece of paper.

   So I will never be able to hear again?


   No, you will most likely be deaf the rest of your life. I know it is hard, but you will become used to it. I have already spoke with your family and they have signed you up for sign language classes and speech therapy. And they ordered hear aids for you.

      This cannot be happening! My whole life is gone, just because of one fall! I have had plenty of falls before. None like this!

   So, will I be able to talk? How will I go to school?

   Speech therapy with help you learn to talk again. And there are plenty of deaf schools around here. Many of them offer the speech therapy and sign language classes, for student and their families.


   So I will never be able to communicate with other people without using sign language? 

    He shakes his head. I feel tears form in my eyes, great. My life is over, I cannot be deaf. I have so many things that I wanted to do with my life. this pretty much just put an end to all of it. 

   The doctor gets up and walks out of the room. I slowly close my eyes, well it will be easier to ignore people now. 


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