Zach Wahhsted is living on
the edge. As he sits in the coffee shop waiting for his mother, his
life takes a dramatic turn. Two young men with guns come in to rob
the store. As they are about to leave, the police show up and surround
the building. Zach and the other customers are taken hostage.
The two teens with the guns are obviously confused about what to do.
They hadn't expected the robbery to go so wrong. And now they are
in the back room of the coffee shop with an odd assortment of hostages
including Zach. Zach who is due to get his medicine. Zach who
has schizophrenia. Zach who needs his medicine. If he doesn't,
the voices will start and Zach will have no control over what happens next.
problems. First, he is caught in the middle of a holdup. Second, he is
schizophrenic and needs his meds.Third, his schizophrenia
causes him to exist in two worlds: the world of Dirtbag and Rat in which
he is a “wasteoid;” and the everyday world where he is that weird kid or
untrustworthy idiot. So when the holdup goes bad, Zach offers to be held
hostage, not realizing the danger he is in. Black-eyed
Susan Award nominee 2005-2006