Connections by Mike Hedrick

By Mike Hedrick

Rob Black, a faculty sophomore, has been experiencing a few problems. fighting crippling paranoia and delusions as a result of an undiagnosed case of schizophrenia, he inadvertently initiatives his fears onto the disasters of society. Sensing he's being referred to as to motion, Rob units off, tremendously unprepared, on a visit around the kingdom to take concerns into his personal arms. After repeated failed plans and expectancies approximately his "mission" he unearths himself chilly, delusional, and on the aspect of cave in on a desolate backcountry highway. His salvation is available in the shape of a lonely center elderly girl named Sharon with quite a few difficulties of her personal. She is likely to be as combined up as Rob, yet in a distinct, extra latent approach. Rob's saga ends as he's lower back domestic to a psychological sanatorium and unearths that, via a doubtless insignificant flip of occasions, he has inadvertently stored Sharon from taking her personal existence. Connections is a compelling examine what occurs while a dangerously delusional brain takes on an recreation that's a ways too huge for its personal solid. It acquired the award for top premise on the Pike's height Writer's convention 2007 American Icon contest.

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At the SkyBlue counter I relayed my schpeal to a large black woman behind the desk. 15. 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.

C. proceed to gate 28B,” My ears perked. ” This had to be a test; they were trying to confuse me. The bastards. Considering my dwindling funds, my resolve, and my lack of indication towards anything different, I decided it best to stay in New York. At the next thing he said, I jumped to attention. This was for me. ” My mind raced as I juggled the prospect of taking any advice from an airline that had blatantly tried to confuse me, but I had to heed any and all advice. The question remained that if I did choose the taxi option, it was unclear which taxi service was safe.

I roamed the streets stopping at every hotel, apartment building and hostel I passed. Facing a quiet desperation at my misfortune, I sought last resort as I saw a sign for a psychic and palm reader. Knocking on the door, a young woman came to the door. ” “We’re closed sir,” she said shutting the door in my face. I wore a weary scowl. The walking had made me tired, and the constant focus and scrutiny for connections had made my thoughts run 63 mad. N. I wandered for a short time until I found a small courtyard and a temporary solace on the bench in the middle of a grove of young transplanted trees.

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