The Silence

Paisley Dean is your average 18 year old, she's just starting college and having to make new friends. She's moving away from her home in Texas and going to live in California. Although she may appear to be average, Paisley has some secrets that she doesn't want anyone to know, an the reason for her not talking is one of them.

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1. Prologue

***Author's note! 

This fanfiction is set in America, I'm English and live in England so I'm sorry if I spell words the English way, or use English words for instead of the ones that may be use in America. Also sorry if some facts are wrong, I'm only going by what I have searched on the internet.

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    It’s been 3 months since it happened. 3 long months. I haven’t spoken a word since, and it’s really worrying my mother. She knows that I’m starting college soon, and she’s not convinced I’m ready. I might not be, however I want to try. I can’t let my life be ruined by what happened. I already stopped talking, which has made a huge impact on my life. I’ve lost old friends, friends that I’ve had for years. I stopped talking to them, and now I barely even have my family.

    Over the summer I locked myself in my room and hid from everyone. When mom knocked on my door daily I just ignored her. I put my earphones in and blocked out any sound with music. It eventually got to the point where I would sleep through the day and only wake during the night, when I knew everyone would be asleep. When I was awake I watched videos on how to use sign language, video after video after video. I bought some good tutorials and I practiced until I was perfect at it. I would hardly leave me room, only to occasionally eat of use the bathroom.

    When I finally emerged from my room and showed my face to my family I watched as my mom broke down at the sight of me, and my father leave for good. I tore the family apart, dad left because of how I reacted to everything that happened. He didn’t know how to act around me. I made him uncomfortable. Lauren, my twin sister, was the only one who was ecstatic to see me. She sat with me for hours and told me everything she had done over the summer. Most of it included her boyfriend Tyler, which only made me want to get up and leave. But I couldn’t do that to Lauren, she was too happy to finally see me again.

    Lauren was so into telling me everything that she didn’t even notice that I was showing her no emotion at all. Of course I was listening to everything she had to say, but I didn’t look like I was. I kept a poker face the whole time, the only sound was Lauren’s voice.

    The reason for why I did this, stopped talking, isn’t exactly important right now, so I won’t bother to mention it.

    I’m going to college in California which is a way from Texas, mom continues to tell me how much she’s going to miss me. I just brush it off, wanting to start my new life. This was the college he wanted to attend, so that’s the only reason I was going so far. If it were my choice I’d stay in Texas and get a job until I had enough money to be with him in California.

    People are going to treat me differently there, I haven’t been to school since I stopped talking. So I’m not even sure how people will react to my not talking. I guess I could just pretend I’m deaf, they wouldn’t know any different. I could be a whole new person, someone likeable. Someone who hasn’t gone through what I have. No one would know any different from me. I could be whoever I wanted and they wouldn’t have a clue. But that isn’t who I am. I can’t pretend and lie to be someone else. I just need to me be.

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