By Mike Hedrick
Rob Black, a school sophomore, has been experiencing a few issues. combating 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 known as to motion, Rob units off, greatly unprepared, on a visit around the state to take concerns into his personal palms. 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 a number of difficulties of her personal. She could 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 probably 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 recreation that's some distance too huge for its personal solid. It obtained the award for top premise on the Pike's top Writer's convention 2007 American Icon contest.
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I could feel misguided ideals in the air. The image in my mind, an influence of movies and TV, appeared more hopeful. Dark clouds loomed and I grew uneasy. I watched the occasional sorry flap of the flags on the cold poles. The eerie calm of the building fed me a tinge and I ran my hand along the fence as I considered my options. Who should I talk to? Maybe I should just sneak into a tour group and then bust into the general assembly room and yell. ” They’d set me up real nice. My ideas were crushed as I jiggled the locked gate.
Nothing was said, although I could feel the electricity of discord. I remained calm. Opting to reach into my bag, I took out my copy of Sagan’s Cosmos and turned to the section on Egyptians and their extraterrestrial engineering feats and hieroglyphics. I knew she was looking. The bitch had to be an alien, or at least connected in to that circle. I had once seen a site on the internet chronicling Egyptian hieroglyphs and how archeologists had found some pictures carved in stone of modern day helicopters, airplanes and alien aircraft potentially 43 as a result from collaboration with super advanced alien forces; the same alien forces I deemed evil.
Shit, I dunno man,” The man replied. ” I said, reaching for directive. ” My hopes were sequestered. I sighed at the advent of another oblivious party in my endeavor. Submitting, I stood up and ambled out of the courtyard, passing the man as he closed the gate. 64 Venturing out again I found myself in a small quiet neighborhood nook off 42nd with several apartment buildings, one of which seemed to be an old church. There was a van parked in front of a small alley that read ‘Jews for Jesus’. I smiled at the unification of religion and deemed this a safe place.