by Terry Trueman
When are the things that happen in your mind scarier then the things that happen around you?
When you have Schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder that affects the way people see and understand things, and the way they act. Sixteen-year-old Zack is a schizophrenic. He is waiting at a coffee shop for his mother to arrive with his medication so the voices in his head will not stop when 2 kids walk in with guns and start barking orders.
Are they real, or are they like Rat and Dirtbag--two enemies who appear to him sometimes when his brain goes haywire? They yell at him, call him names, and tell him he should kill himself.
Zack is one of nine hostages held in the coffee houses storeroom by two young robbers after a botched robbery. A SWAT team has surrounded the coffee house and nobody can get in or out—nobody, including Zack’s mother. It’s a standoff and as time goes buy Zack hears more and more voices—some real, some in his mind.
Zack knows he must get his medication before his mind goes haywire and he turns inside out.
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Last Updated: January 15, 2008