The Orange Houses Chapter 16
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- In the apartment bathroom, seventeen days before the hanging, Mik is humming.
- Her mom
tells her to be careful—people might think she's happy if she's humming all the
dressed up and off to church. Mik tells us she only goes to church because
otherwise NaNa gives her a hard time about being possessed by demons.
- On their
way home, they see Jimmi sitting outside Joe's place—there's police tape all
around, and they're not sure what's happening.
fills them in: Joe died last night with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
starts screaming and has to tell herself to stop. Her mom tells her to breathe.
- The next
day, she goes to the doctor to find out about the surgery, and learns that
there's an experimental implant she could try, though there are no promises.
- If it
does work, it will cut down on her ear infections, be more comfortable, and
help her hear better.
- But here's
the catch: She can't turn it off.
not sure she wants something that she has to leave on all the time, and she
likes the option of turning her hearing aids off once in a while (or, um, every
- When she
tells Fatima about it that evening, she tries to explain that sometimes it's
too much to hear everything.
turn on the radio to listen to some music. Mik enjoys the sound, but slowly it
starts to fade. She realizes her hearing aid batteries are dying.