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By Mike Hedrick

Rob Black, a school sophomore, has been experiencing a few problems. combating crippling paranoia and delusions because 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, enormously unprepared, on a visit around the state to take issues into his personal arms. 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 might be as combined up as Rob, yet in a special, extra latent manner. Rob's saga ends as he's lower back domestic to a psychological clinic and reveals that, via a likely insignificant flip of occasions, he has inadvertently stored Sharon from taking her personal lifestyles. Connections is a compelling examine what occurs while a dangerously delusional brain takes on an undertaking that's a ways too huge for its personal stable. It obtained the award for top premise on the Pike's top Writer's convention 2007 American Icon contest.

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At the desk I explained my urgency to get to New York, being careful not to divulge any extraneous information, and waited for a response. 57,” said the obliviousness of the ticket woman. ” I coaxed, my voice wavering. 37 “Yes. ” The tinge of failure screamed once again through my head but I held an awkward determination like my sanity, close and careful. “I’ll try somewhere else,” I replied. Remembering the hassle of the kiosks, I tried my luck with Southwest, this time at the desk. “$434,” the chipper woman said.

Again I was at a loss. Sulking was time wasted and desperation pleaded so I pushed through the crowd to another line. 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.

I walked over and spread a sham smile across my face, to prove to them that I was polite. ” The men in the booth had thick fur hats and wore military uniforms. They seemed Russian or Siberian but I couldn’t tell. The anxiety still burned, but I fought through the conversation. “We’ll be open at ten on Monday,” said the other man with a thick accent. ” I told them as they returned my fake smile. ” I replied. ” My confusion manifested as a look of consternation on my face. ” I said flashing another polite smile and turning around.

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