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The Deaf Girl Who Lived In The Woods Roselle Park High School Short Story

1486 words - 6 pages

A text message from Becca appears on Jess’s phone. What are you cooking for dinner tonight? As Jess is preoccupied with something, she could not immediately text back her friend. Rapidly shaking her cat bowl, Jess is trying to call her cat over for food. The cat comes sprinting inside for her food. As Jess is checking her phone, Becca is cheerfully walking towards her house in the woods.
Becca sends a text message to Jess as she is coming closer, “Don’t see any flames from here anyway.”
“Not yet”
Closing the door behind her, Jess walks out of her house, approaching Becca. Becca slips her phone into her pocket. In sign language, Becca expresses how much she loved the book Jess wrote about.
“You don’t need to talk in sign language.”
“I know you can read lips, but I’m getting better at sign.”
                “I…uh. want to practice”
“What did you think of the book in sign Jess responds?”
        “I loved it, I tried to predict the ending!”
                “But, I was way off, how did you do it?”
        “My mom calls it, “working with your imagination.” Any possible outcome is like many possible ends to a movie.”
                    “That’s amazing!”
            “Hard to make conversations in quiet.”
                            “A voice?”
            “Yes, I have a voice in my mind. The voice sounds like my mom.”
“Whatever is going on in your brain, I think you are fabulous storyteller.”
Smoke alarm goes off in the house; Becca and Jess go bursting inside. The chicken Jess was cooking earlier was on fire. Jess quickly takes down the smoke alarm, and throws it onto the floor managing to remove all the batteries and loose parts.
“Out of breath, Becca utters, “that is one heck of a fire alarm.”
“I need to feel the vibrations. That is why the fire alarm is very loud.”
“Jeez, that was scary. Well, hope you sleep well as Becca was leaving.”
Jess closes the glass door behind her, but forgets to lock it. She sees a text from her boyfriend, Craig.
“I thought of you today.”
She doesn’t open the message, but ignores it. Jess opens up her laptop while chewing on her food. She begins to type about her thoughts, zoning out. All the voices in her head begin to talk to one another. She becomes lost in her thoughts. Her boyfriend’s facetime call appears on her screen; as fast as she could slams her laptop shut. Jess goes to her kitchen to clean everything up and throw out the leftovers. Banging hard on the glass door in her kitchen, Becca’s face gliding on the door to let Jess in. Jess does not hear a single sound, and continues to clean her kitchen. Suddenly, a man with a white mask covering his face approaches and stabs Becca in her stomach to the point where she bleeds to death.
The man’s hand with black gloves taps on the door several times to catch Jess’s attention; however, Jess doesn’t notice at all. She casually sits on her sofa continuing to finish writing in her journal. The man emerges behind her on with a sharp, long knife. Still, Jess doesn’t notice a...

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