In Mik's room, days before the hanging, she sketches the city skyline. She drifts off to sleep picturing herself soaring over the Bronx.
wakes up in a panic, seeing a bombed sky with her paper angel on fire. Scared,
she goes to her mom's room, but that makes her feel sad; it smells like stale
donuts in there from the donut shop her mom works at.
goes to the living room, but finds NaNa conked out there.
morning, her mom asks her if she finished her homework, and she says yes,
though actually, she was doing someone else's homework.
her mom why she always makes an effort to look nice when no one notices her.
way to school, she sees the papergirl and says hello—Mik wants to ask her over for dinner,
but she's too nervous.
chooses the very last row in English class, and then—click—her hearing aids are off and she's dead
to the world.
speech therapy class, the girls all hang around the new boy Jaekwon. One girl,
Shanelle, hates when Mik arrives and makes fun of her.
walks up to Mik and helps her with her books; meanwhile, Shanelle flips Mik off
before heading into class.
Joe offers to pay for Mik's surgery for her. He thinks she's a good kid, and he's
got none of his own, so how about he shells out the dough for the operation?
not sure what to say, but she knows she can't accept.
way to school the next day, Mik sees Shanelle and pretends not to hear her
taunts. Shanelle yells out that Mik better stay away from Jaekwon if she knows
what's good for her. Gulp.
school, Mik goes to the place where the papergirl usually is. She's about to leave
when she catches a glimpse of her friend off in the corner of her eye.
follows her until she eventually winds up at Fatima's home. Fatima is surprised
to see her, but offers to walk Mik home so she doesn't get lost.
tells Mik that some kids were hit by bombs back at home—that's how she learned
sign language, though she left before she could learn more.
invites her over for dinner and Fatima offers to buy cake. When Fatima asks
which room they live in, she's surprised to learn they have the whole apartment