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When Elijah’s schizophrenia fully unveils, Clarke must make a choice: help his friend, or protect himself.
Clarke and Elijah are popular juniors who are at the top of their class academically while leading busy social lives. For their entire lives, they have both been comforted by knowing that when God is in control, success follows. Until, for the first time, they start doubting. It begins with a stolen laptop. How could a true Christian steal, Elijah thought. How could a just God let this happen? It culminates to an in-class debate where the validity of Christianity and faith in Christ is challenged to the core. Doubt is natural though. It deepens your convictions. Or so they tell themselves.
In response, Elijah alters his way of life. He convinces himself through fasting, isolation, and meditation, he can get closer to Christ’s mind. The closer he gets, the more twisted his own becomes. Clarke's response is to seek tangible proof that Christ existed and will return to Earth. In a science lab on campus, he discovers a Resonant Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system, which can induce brief periods of savantism. But being a temporary savant also comes with a cost; the loss of motor skills. This puts his own safety at risk as Elijah starts believing Clarke is the cause of his issues, while Clarke starts to understand the full extent and implications of his friend’s mental illness.
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