I can’t believe my mom would do this again. She’s walking into the house with another brand-new designer hand bag. My dad would go ballistic if he found out she’s been spending money on purses again. My mom has a serious shopping addiction. She tries to hide it from us, but she talks to her fancy friends about it all the time. She thinks I can’t hear her because I’m deaf. Well, surprise, I can!
Since I was seven years old, my hearing started to deteriorate. It’s because of a rare ear disease. By the age of ten - I was completely deaf. We tried operations and treatments, but nothing worked.
I had to go to a school for students with hearing and sight disabilities. It was extremely traumatic. I had to learn sign language and reading lips. Luckily, I made a few good friends.
I felt really miserable. One day, during breaktime, I fell to the ground in tears. I couldn’t believe that I would never be able to listen to music again, or hear anyone’s voice. My friend, Rosie, pulled me to the side. She was acting really strange. “I have a secret!” She mouthed.
From her pocket she took a hearing aid. “It’s really powerful” she mouthed. “Give it a try.” At first, I was hesitant, but what did I have to lose. To my shock! It worked! I could hear birds, and cars, I could hear Rosie laughing. It was a miracle. Rosie gave it to me and said, “keep it until you feel a bit better.”
I decided not to tell my parents about it. I was sure they knew something like this existed and they never bothered to buy me one. Also, I wanted to know if they kept anything from me. That night I could hear my parents fighting about money and purses. “I’m making all the money, and you’re spending it on handbags!” said my dad. “Oh, Honey, it doesn’t cost that much, you know that! It’s all for the show!”
Even though it was really great to hear again, I didn’t like listening to my parents fighting. But nothing could prepare me for the secrets that I would find out next.
That night my parents got all dressed up. My mom was showing off her new glittering designer dress and matching shoes. Off they went to a fancy dinner at some rich guy’s house. My dad was only a small shop manager, and my mother stayed at home. Where did they get all that money from?
Luckily, I was old enough and didn’t need a babysitter. I watched some TV, with the sound turned to full volume. Suddenly there was a knock at the door. I got a fright, and switched off the TV. The knock became louder and louder.
I looked through the peephole, it was a lady. She seemed distressed. “It’s Mia, open up! Open up! They’re looking for me!” Everything in my body told me not to open the door. But I did it anyway.
I had my sign nearby, “I can’t hear you, I’m deaf.” I showed it to the lady as she forced her way in . She was going on a total rant about purses, and something about the police, and where my parents were.
She looked as though she hasn’t slept in days, I guided her to the couch. She seemed harmless, so I made her a cup of tea and gave her some left over pizza. She said, “thank you” but I shrugged my shoulders, pretending not to know what she was saying.
In a matter of moments, the lady fell asleep. She was snoring so loudly. Finally, my parents came into the house. They were arguing again. My mom said, “If you didn’t give it all away, we’d be rich by now!” to which my dad replied, “If you have just stuck to the plan, I wouldn’t have given it away.”
Then they saw me, “Honey, you’re still awake?” I pointed to the sofa. My mom was completely shocked, “Mia! Mia! What are you doing here?” My dad used sign language to tell me that it was my mom’s childhood friend. Then he told me to go to my room. So, I did.
I tried to listen to my parents, and what they were saying, when something really weird happened. My hearing aid started to buzz. It made these strange noises, like a radio tuning into a station. Was I picking up signals?
“It doesn’t seem like Mia will be coming out of that house tonight.” I quickly jumped to look out of the window. A black SUV was standing outside. Two men were sitting in the front. It looked like one had a hand radio. I heard them talking, “Let’s go, we can catch up with her tomorrow. We don’t want them seeing us.” The SUV drove off.
A few moments after the two guys left, I could see my parents and Mia walking to her car. They opened the boot and removed 5 big black bags from it. My dad said, “We’ll keep them in the safe.”