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My name is Kiera. We all are aware of the great impact that the internet has had on our lives nowadays. It has changed my life dramatically as well. I wanna tell you now about the most awful truth that was revealed to me on the internet.
I was born into a family of two amazing historians and archaeologists, who were really into their work. We’ve always lived out of suitcases and trunks because my parents took part in excavations all over the world. It was amazing to move from one ancient cultural place to another and to learn about new people, their culture, their language, and their history. Of course it was hard to get used to a new home, school, and lifestyle, and deep inside I hoped we would settle somewhere one day. And besides, I never had those normal things that most kids my age had and used every day. We never had a TV or the internet. In some places we couldn’t even use our phones because there was no service, but it never actually bothered me much. I always used to think that I had a very happy childhood. But everything changed one day.
We lived in a small village in India, and my parents were working day and night. They would leave early in the morning and come back home very late. Once my mother came back alone. She looked really worried and nervous and she told to me that my dad had set off on an extremely important business trip and that she would have to join him soon, and that I couldn’t go with them. I was going to be staying with my grandparents. She said we were leaving immediately and that I had to go pack as quickly as I could. Shock didn’t even begin to describe it all. Nothing like that had ever happened before. We flew out on a red-eye to Austin, the city where my grandma and grandpa lived. Sure, I was excited to see my grandparents, but even though my mom had tried to persuade me that everything was OK, I still had some worries.
I had a wonderful time at grandma and grandpa’s, but my mom literally left the same day that we had arrived. She promised that they would come for me in two weeks, but it never happened. My grandparents told me that mom and dad had to work on something really important and they would be coming a little later than they had expected. And also my grandma said that my parents’ business trip was not a reason for me to lie around all day. She told me that my parents had wanted me to go to boarding school. That was really frightening! I have never gone to a big, modern school in a big American city! But I tried to persuade myself that it was just going to be a new gripping experience. So, I waved goodbye and set off for boarding school.
It turned out to be so unusual and strange at first. The school was enormous and there were electronic displays everywhere. All my classmates were always staring at their phones or discussing subjects that I couldn’t even have a conversation about. I would often hear giggles behind my back when I tried to study on the computer in the library or when I asked some stupid questions about the things that are pretty common in the modern world. I wished they would ask about African tribal customs or ask me to speak Mandarin Chinese. The only person I managed to make friends with was Olivia, my roommate. She was so amazed by the fact that I’d spent my whole life away from the civilized world. She would ask me questions all night long, to the point that we both were sleepy before our lessons the next day. But she also tried to get me involved in everything that was going on at school and to make me more… modern. She helped me with all the devices and told me which was more important – she even taught me how to use the internet. My parents have always been pretty conservative and told me that there was nothing special about it. They encouraged me to read books instead. But I felt like a completely new world had opened up for me. I could look up any information there to learn anything that I wanted. I started to spend a lot of time on the internet, I made new friends, and became part of my school community.
Time was going by, but I still had not heard from my parents. I never even spoke to Olivia about them until it was time for our holiday break. She told me she was going to spend her holidays in the mountains with her parents and asked me: “Where are you going, Kiera? Where are your mom and dad going to take you this time?” I burst into tears and told her the whole story. But Olivia didn’t seem to be discouraged. She said: “Come on, we’ve got the internet! If your parents are famous archaeologists, we can easily find them! Let’s look it up there!” So, we went to the library and started the search. And it didn’t take long.
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