By Mike Hedrick

Rob Black, a faculty sophomore, has been experiencing a few issues. combating crippling paranoia and delusions because of an undiagnosed case of schizophrenia, he inadvertently tasks his fears onto the mess ups of society. Sensing he's being referred to as to motion, Rob units off, significantly unprepared, on a visit around the state to take issues into his personal fingers. After repeated failed plans and expectancies approximately his "mission" he reveals himself chilly, delusional, and on the element of cave in on a desolate backcountry street. His salvation is available in the shape of a lonely heart elderly girl named Sharon with a variety of difficulties of her personal. She is likely to be as combined up as Rob, yet in a special, extra latent manner. Rob's saga ends as he's again domestic to a psychological medical institution and reveals that, via a likely insignificant flip of occasions, he has inadvertently kept Sharon from taking her personal existence. Connections is a compelling examine what occurs while a dangerously delusional brain takes on an exercise that's a ways too huge for its personal reliable. It bought the award for most sensible premise on the Pike's top Writer's convention 2007 American Icon contest.

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Pi. A smile spread and I felt the warmth of rewarded effort. Shit was falling into place. I accepted the fare and snatched the ticket in a paranoid excitement, forgetting manners. ” She knew they were watching, I could tell. “Thanks,” I said with a blatant wink. I excused myself and headed down toward the main terminal. The structure was sterile but it reminded me of dreams. It held a feeling of hastiness but its architecture spoke of the majesty of adventure. I looked at the people with a nervous fascination, searching for any significant sign of awareness or information for the mission, but with every subject my hopes were distinguished by obvious ignorance.

A cigarette hung from his lips dropping ash as he turned to face me. ” The driver nodded and pulled out abruptly from the line of taxis. Silence ensued as I, nervous and paranoid, waited patiently for any further connections, finding none. Driving erratically, weaving in and out of the traffic, cutting other cars off almost violently, the driver also said nothing. The urine smell seemed to grow stronger as the ride continued but I maintained a peaceful energy. My hopes were fueled strangely as I glanced down at the driver’s license hanging on the back of the seat.

I couldn’t begin to figure out why my card had been declined at the hostel but knew I was almost out of cash, only $200 or so left. Sustenance refueled me. From what I could recall it was the first time I had eaten since dinner last night with my parents. Wrapping the food up and stashing it in the backpack, I started back toward the busy street. My mind was in pain. A molten bullet of paranoia and disappointment cut through my heart and made my pace slow. I could feel the raw spots on the bottom of my feet and they stung with a sweet scream of pain, which kept me alert.

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