Pieces of the Child

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Chapter 4: Zachary's Language
(by NativeRose, added on 6 May 2004 09:03 PM)


"First, I want to know who you all are. Can you tell me your name??" She indicated the girl next to her.
"I'm Jenna. I'm so excited, glad you're the new teacher this year, and my mommy said..."
She was interrupted by a scream.
"Well, hello Zachary," the teacher responded. He chewed on a rubber ball. When Anela spoke to him, he kicked his legs and screamed all the more.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Jenna asked.
"He's just telling me that he's happy to be here."
"Why doesn't he talk?"
"He needs someone to teach him to talk." All the while, Zachary smiled and waved his hand at Anela.
"He's noisy."
"Make him shut up."
"Too loud." The grumbles from her students took her by surprise.
"You opened your mouth and spoke. Can Zachary do that?"
"No."
"Okay, so how do you think he should talk?"
"I don't know."
"That's the only way he has of communicating with us." When Zack heard the students' annoyed voices, he began to cry, loudly.
"that's his way of telling us that he's upset." She told Tamara to take him out of the classroom for a moment, until she could get control of her class.
Tamara did as she was instructed, but...what next? What was she to do with him?

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