Here’s the last installment of the story I did for my first year creative nonfiction class. It’s pretty cheesy. We had to tell our prof which publication we were aiming it at and I said Readers Digest because I figure that’s the only place people read stories about this stuff, getting bipolar and being in a mental hospital. But, I’ve said all this. I’m just never happy with anything I write. Ever. I’ll write about that sometime.
In the meantime, here’s part 3, the conclusion, of…
BOY OVERBOARD, pt. III
I tried different activities I did when I was young, failing at each one. A race with a patient, hide-and-go-seek, and a game of Monopoly all ended with a nurse’s warning and a random injury. I played with LEGO toys a friend brought in, trying to channel the childlike imagination that used to send them on space adventures, until I realized my LEGO men were negotiating mortgages for a block house. That was it. My arm sent the blocks scattering across the floor and my mind clicked, a revelation. I had become obsessed with dredging Jamie up, forcing it and taking pity on myself when I felt the process wasn’t happening fast enough. As I took this step back, shadows of the boy began to flicker to the surface.