Deaf Like Pluto

  • Chapter 1

  • Space is completely silent to the human ear.

  • Sounds do exist, “but in the form of electromagnetic vibrations that pulsate in similar wavelengths.”

  • –canyouactually.com

  • Kaira

    My little brother is shaking me.

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  • Wake up, Kaira, he says.

  • You’re going to be late.

  • It wouldn’t be the first time.

  • My dad always calls us down, but I never hear him.

  • I quickly slip into my favorite pair of jeans and a random t-shirt I find in my drawer.

  • Kaira

    When I get downstairs, Dad has already set a bowl of cereal on the table for me.

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  • He asks me if I slept well.

  • I nod.

  • The clock reads 7:22;

  • three minutes before the bus comes.

  • I swallow the last of the milk in the bowl and sign goodbye to Dad.

  • Kaira

    I make it out of the house just as the bus arrives.

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  • How are you? the bus driver asks me as I climb into the bus.

  • I sign the word “good” and sit behind him.

  • Kaira

    The seats are mostly empty.

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