Jack in the Box
Eddie woke up at 8:00 a.m. Friday, approximately 10 seconds before his alarm was set. He turned off his alarm, as well as his back-up alarms, before setting about his day; showering for sixteen minutes, drying for two, getting dressed, cooking fresh eggs while he re-heated a steak he cooked the night before, with a glass of water and wedge of orange. The tormented obsessive compulsive finally carved out a lifestyle he could maintain, balancing functionality and satisfying his sometimes debilitating attention to detail. But at 11:46 a.m. Eddie’s ritual was turned upside-down when his 11 o’clock medication hadn’t kicked in and he realized someone had switched his pills. This kicked open a door of paranoia and suspicion that had been slowly building in the back of his mind for several months; a year later he would be diagnosed with schizophrenia, but that was after he had already lost or destroyed everything in his life.