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By Mike Hedrick

Rob Black, a faculty sophomore, has been experiencing a few problems. scuffling with 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, enormously unprepared, on a visit around the kingdom to take issues into his personal palms. 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 may be as combined up as Rob, yet in a special, extra latent approach. Rob's saga ends as he's back domestic to a psychological health center and reveals that, via a possible insignificant flip of occasions, he has inadvertently kept Sharon from taking her personal lifestyles. Connections is a compelling examine what occurs whilst a dangerously delusional brain takes on an undertaking that's some distance too huge for its personal strong. It bought the award for top premise on the Pike's height Writer's convention 2007 American Icon contest.

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The car, although in poor shape, was an obvious fit to the humility of a future prince of peace. I thought of the Indiana Jones movie with the Holy Grail being the shittiest cup there and sighed in amazement. So many damn beautiful connections – this had to be the right car. As I got in I could smell urine but refused to be put off by it. The driver’s hair was disheveled and greasy in a thick dreadlock hanging from the back of his head. A cigarette hung from his lips dropping ash as he turned to face me.

Soon enough, the ride ended and I handed Jesus a $20 bill without hesitating for change. I climbed out of the cab and looked up at the row of flags. I looked down as I drew my phone out of my pocket, 12:54pm. 51 52 4 Jan and Bob sat quietly in the restaurant booth saying little until the tension broke. “I guess he’s not coming,” said Jan. “I don’t really blame him,” said Bob. ” “Is he trying to escape something? ” “Then he’ll have to grow up real quick. ” “Oh, my psychiatrist friend from church suggested it.

With excruciating silence the man stood up, picked up his bag and headed off in the opposite direction. I could do nothing but heed the man’s words and take them in stride. Still, anger boiled. I knew though that, like the rest of the ordeal, I would have to keep faith that a path would unfold. 41 Soon the time came to board the plane. Gathering gumption, I walked silently to the line to check-in. The crowd supplied a healthy apprehension. I expected a full flight. I could see the fake smile of the woman taking the tickets and cursed the unified apathy of the whole system but proceeded with the required politeness, knowing that people were the key to getting any farther.

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