Connections by Mike Hedrick

By Mike Hedrick

Rob Black, a faculty sophomore, has been experiencing a few problems. struggling with crippling paranoia and delusions as a result of an undiagnosed case of schizophrenia, he inadvertently initiatives his fears onto the mess ups of society. Sensing he's being known as to motion, Rob units off, greatly unprepared, on a visit around the kingdom to take concerns 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 center elderly girl named Sharon with a variety of difficulties of her personal. She might be as combined up as Rob, yet in a unique, extra latent approach. Rob's saga ends as he's lower back domestic to a psychological health center and reveals that, via a probably 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 pastime that's a long way too huge for its personal strong. It obtained the award for most sensible premise on the Pike's top Writer's convention 2007 American Icon contest.

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The doorman waved his hand, signaling me to come back over, and he handed me a hand drawn map showing a grid of streets and a star. “This is where we are now,” he said circling an area on the map, “You wanna go north six blocks, west three blocks and north another block,” “Alright,” I said with a nervous refrain, “Thanks man,” 61 Walking back through the entrance I glanced at the sculpture work on the side of the building. I knew that the symbols meant something but I could only speculate. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, I repeated the process with every apartment building I passed, encountering smiles and the occasional sharp attitude I figured New York was famous for.

With an effort I managed to rationalize my jilted actions and deem myself an important part of the process of combating the new world order. Everyone was involved in this crap, the aliens, world leaders, the freemasons, the CIA and even the Nazis. 44 A part of me screamed inside knowing my lack of qualification. At times I was overwhelmed and struggled to maintain my humility, trying not to think about the fact that I would be the one to bring peace to this restless world. I was the one, God damn it.

She sat down directly next to me and continued to yap on her phone. I attempted to compact my large shoulders so as not to touch her and potentially disturb her but thought better and repaid her gross selfimportance with a lack of respect for space. She would know what was going on. 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.

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