March 6, 1988
Tanya is standing speechless at her teenage mother Karen. Greg is waving his hand front of her. She blinked her eyes and got back to reality.
“You alright?” He signed to Tanya. Maria joins the conversation.
“Yeah, are you ok? Do you need a fresh of air?” Maria asked.
Tanya looks at Greg and Maria. She sighs quietly and nods her head. She lied that she doesn’t need a fresh of air. She doesn’t want to cause a scene.
“I’ll be okay.” Tanya signed back.
She nervously smiles while Greg and Karen cluelessly know what just happened to Tanya. Maria makes a suspicious glare at Tanya. She knows something is up. “Let’s go outside. I need to smoke a cigarette”. An excuse for Maria to get out and have a conversation with Tanya. Maria grabbed Tanya’s arm and headed downstairs to go outside. Tanya made a confused face expression as Maria grabbed her arms. Karen and Greg looks at each other and went back to their friends and drink more alcohol.
Maria and Tanya is outside of Benson Hall. Maria grabs a white lighter out of her black bleached pants. She lights up a Marlboro Gold Cigarette. She lets out a smoke.
“So… what was that about?” Maria signs with a concerned expression.
Tanya chuckles with a sarcastic tone. “First.. You smoke cigs now? Second. Do you recognize who that girl is?” Tanya replies back.
Maria laughs . “I guess since this crazy adventure we have been on and couldn’t find weed. I think I know who I can score from.” She smiles and thought about Dan. “And no I don’t know who she is?”. Maria asked.
“That girl was my fucking mother!” Tanya signed back.
Maria fluttered her eyes and stutters. She doesn’t know how to reply back to the reveal. “You fucking serious?? Is it really her?” Maria exclaimed.
“YES! IT IS HER! The moment I saw her. I knew. Is this crazy or what?” Tanya laughed with mixed emotions.
“We really need weed.” Maria laughed. Both of them are laughing at the crazy adventure they have been on.
Cindy comes running outside of Benson Hall exit Door. “Oh! There you are! She is breathing heavily. I’ve been looking allover for you both. Something crazy just happened!” We just found out that Elizabeth Zinser just got elected to be Gallaudet’s seventh president!” Maria and Tanya gasped.
“Oh shit.” Maria signed back. Cindy smirked and nods. “Yeah, people are going to be outside any time now. They are so mad.”
Tanya widened her eyes. She spotted a crowd of angry drunk students stumbling down the stairs that leads to Benson Hall’s exit.
“We better move out of their way!” Tanya warned the girls.
An angry mob rambled through the doors. Dan, Rick, Greg, Karen and Sharon was found among the mob.
Maria spotted Dan. She waves her hand to get his attention. Dan saw her wave and told the gang to follow him.
“Oh, there you are!” Dan smiled at Maria.
“Yeah, Tanya and I went out to get a fresh of air”. Maria signed back.
Karen asked the gang, “Does anyone have a cigarette I could bum? Just ran out of my pack?”
Maria raised her hand. “I do.”
She pulls out a cigarette of her Marlboro Gold pack. She hands a cigarette to Karen.” She chuckled awkwardly. Karen is lighting up a cigarette. Maria exchanges a confused face expression toward Tanya behind Karen’s back. Tanya is looking at Maria’s face expression. She could read what Maria is trying to say. Tanya finds it awkward to know her teenager mother smokes and party. Sharon saw Maria and Tanya talking. Sharon has blond feathered short hair. She is wearing a leather jacket with high waisted bleached jeans.
Sharon interrupted and stated. “Hi! I don’t mean to interrupt your conversation.”
“Karen told me you both and Cindy are staying in our room! My name is Sharon. I’m Karen’s older sister.” She smiled and shook Tanya and Maria’s hands. Tanya realized she just met her aunt. She smiled while in her head, there are million of thoughts piling up. Tanya acts cool and hides it. She exchanged a look with Maria.
Maria is about to ask Dan if he could find some but she heard an eruption of loud yells coming from a mob. Different group of people are coming from different dorms to the court yard that centers and connects all dorms. Angry mobs is chanting in American Sign Language. “Zinser needs to go!”
A boy in a jean jacket with a brown, medium mullet hair cut. He has dark aviator sunglasses on. He rose up on on a white table front of the unruly assembly. He waves to get their attention.
“Do you want to show the world what we can do??!” The boy asked the crowd.
The army roared back to him in agreement.
The unnamed boy demanded. “Let’s march and protest by the entrance of Gallaudet!”
The deaf army flocked onto the sidewalk that leads to the entrance of Gallaudet. Cindy, Rick and Greg already left to follow the mob. Left behind is Dan, Maria, Tanya with her mom and aunt.
Dan signed, “Shall we follow them?”
All nodded in agreement.
Tanya found herself walking next to her mom and Aunt Sharon. She is starting to feel more comfortable that she has some family around.
They arrived to the protest area. Hundreds are spilling out on Florida Ave. Angry crowds are signing loudly. “Zinser need to go!” Zinser to go!” Some are drinking beers from cans. They are blocking the traffic. Angry drivers are jeering at them.
Tanya witnessed a hearing driver yelling at a white male student in a leather jacket. He has a long, brown mohawk. Tanya could read lips what the driver is saying.
“Get out!” A hearing driver shouted.
The punk boy laughed. ” Nah. We aren’t leaving.” He smirked and crossed his arms.
A hefty old man with brown rimmed glasses is running past Tanya. He is bald with gray beard. He is seen wearing in a gray suit with red tie. He waved his hands to the crowd.
“Hey hey! I’m Gary Olsen, president of National Association of the Deaf. You all are blocking the traffic. You all will be arrested if you continue to do this. I suggest you all please go to Mayflower hotel and demand the board to give an answer!”
Tanya found herself with her mom and Sharon shouting in agreement of what Gary just said. She feels empowered. Something she is finally agreeing on with her mom. They are walking down to Mayflower Hotel. Red, Blue and White lights are blinding her as they arrived. Tons of Cops are blocking the street. Chaos just broke out. The boards is in the middle of answering questions to the reporters. Angry crowds are cursing and yelling at the board that just made the decision about Zinser. A red haired woman is seen interpreting what the board is telling to the students. One board member is standing out to Tanya is an old woman with gray, short hair. She feels a bad vibe coming from that woman. Tanya notices that she is giving the crowd a bad attitude which made add more fuel to the fire.
“Who is that?” She asked her mom.
“That is Jane Spilman. She is the University of Gallaudet Board of Trustees Chairperson”. Karen signed back.
“Ugh, She looks mean!” Tanya commented.
Maria and Dan are pushing their way through a crowd. They lost Tanya along with her mom, Sharon and Greg. Cindy is off somewhere with Rick. Maria can see Tanya from a distance. On the way to where Tanya is. A drunk male student threw a beer can overhead and accidentally hit Maria’s head.
“Oooh that hurts! She cramps her hand against her head. Dan saw the whole incident. He got furious and went up to the drunk guy. Dan pushed him. “What the fuck was that?” Pay attention to where you are going!” The drunk muttered and stumbled. He tried to take a swing but missed Dan. He fell to the ground and passed out. Some students saw and laughed. Dan ran to Maria.
“Are you okay?” He touched Maria’s arms and expressed concerns.
She smiled and nodded as she groaned.
“I’m okay but I’ll be sore tomorrow.” She replied. They exchanged looks. She smiled at him. They got closer. Dan leans in and gave a kiss to Maria. She kisses back. They made out little more. She pulls back and bites her lips. Dan wants to kiss more. Maria giggled. We better find Tanya and others. Dan looks slightly disappointed but he understood. He smiled and they hold hands to get through the crowd.
Tanya saw Maria and Dan coming toward her way. “Oh there you are!” She exclaimed.
“Yeah its crazy out here! Lets call this a night? It is already around Midnight”
Tanya agreed. Sharon, Karen and Her boyfriend joined them on the way back. It was a long walk back from Mayflower Hotel to Gallaudet Campus. While they are walking back to the campus.
Sharon is walking fast as she could. Sharon looks worried. Tanya caught her aunt acting weird. A skinny, nerdy boy stops Sharon.
“There you are, my lady” He bared his braces and pushed his glasses up. Sharon groaned and rolled her eyes.
“I’m not your lady! Sharon replied back.
“I’m not interested in you! Get lost”.
“Someday you will be mine, my love” He smiles.
Tanya realized and gasped the Geeky young boy is her History teacher Keith Young.