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Steve: A Psychosis ["A Life of Steve" Blog Contest]

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avatar Azie
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In the trees, a rustling could be heard. Leaves donned new coats of color and drifted from the canopy above in the birches. A chill in the air made it clear to all those enjoying the park that evening that Fall drew near.

A man observed the leaves as they floated to the ground from a bench atop the brick path. He had long since been desensitized from the cold of Fall and Winter, living as a homeless man for so long. What he wouldn't give for some new shoes and a shave... He glanced down at his worn watch, tapping the glass.

6:00 PM. It would be dark soon. Lifting his battered and torn backback over his shoulder, the man stood and sauntered toward the park edge and the crosswalk. The women averted their eyes, seemingly ashamed to see him there, and the men pretended to check their e-mails on their phones or the time on their watches. Children occasionally asked their mothers why he was so dirty, but they were hushed and guided away. This man was an outcast in his own society. Even so, there was always a friendly face in the soup kitchen.

Warm, savory air wafted out of the cafeteria, stinging his chilled skin. Many other homeless men and women sat together at the tables, busily talking and eating while huddled over ther warm meals. He made his way to the counter and the woman behind it greeted him, handing him a tray.

As he ate, he wondered how he ended up this way. There was a time where he had a home and a family and somehow all of that had slipped away after all these years. A warm meal offered some solace then.

It had been many weeks since he had been able to lay down in a warm bed, even one that was as thin and hard as this one. It was better than sleeping in the park and as he closed his eyes, he remembered the trees.

He would give anything to live in the country, where the trees were endless. He wished he could live in a simpler time when people would meet his gaze and he could live off of the land and make a life for himself again. The breeze would always be warm and he would never go hungry again...

His eyes popped open to behold the blue sky. The warm, spring air carassed his scruffy face. Wasn't it Fall? Wasn't it Fall before? The trees were turning...

"No," he spoke aloud, "It can't be Fall. Spring just got here!" He stood and stretched, breathing in the clean forest air. The world was his.

Many months passed and yet Spring remained. Somehow he never questioned how the passing of the seasons had somehow halted. He built a home by a lake near a village claimed by strange monk-like people. They were all dressed in robes, arms crossed in front of them and hidden in their sleeves. He couldn't understand their barbaric language, but they were eager traders and he sometimes gave them precious gems he mined in the mountains in exchange for food and clothes. They were peaceful and so was he.

Even though the villagers were peaceful, the monsters were not. They came every night to attack the villagers and Steve would fight them, only to find himself in bed the next morning. He plotted ways to rid the world of the monsters so he and the village could live in peace and for many years it seemed as though his struggles were all for naught.

One night, he armed himself with a sword he forged in the smithy in the village. He waited in his home and shouted at them to come and get him. He wouldn't allow them to terrorize him anymore. The zombies growled at his door and when they broke in, he lunged and sank his sword into their bodies.

"Steve Smith." The doctor closed the case file, laying it down on the table. "He's always thought our staff were trying to hurt him and would struggle when we tried to restrain him, but he's never been violent before," the doctor sighed. "I just don't see how I can keep him with the low-risk patients if we can't prevent this from happening again. He made a shank out of toilet paper, for God's sake!" Exasperated, he removed his glasses and looked up at the social worker.

"I feel sorry for him," she muttered, "but maybe it's better he's created his own world."

"Perhaps so," he agreed. Tapping the folder on his desk to straighten the papers inside, he slid his glasses back up his nose and stood. "I suppose that concludes it then. I'll order his transfer to the high-risk ward. I can't see him improving and abandoning his psychosis, but perhaps..."

That night, the monsters came for Steve again. They may have taken his sword, but he would not go without a fight. He kicked and screamed and watched the villagers peer through their windows at him as he was dragged toward the door of his home. In the heat of his struggle, he suddenly felt warm and sleep began to take him. Just before he closed his eyes, he swore he saw snow falling outside.

"It can't be Winter," he croaked, "Spring just got here..."
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01/06/2017 1:57 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Taco
MicrowavedPlum
Late... but great
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12/17/2016 4:50 am
Level 26 : Expert Engineer
HisBlockyness
Minecraft is in the head of a mentally ill man? That's a creepy idea.
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04/28/2016 6:21 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Network
GreetingsImChara
Wow! Awesome Work!
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02/09/2016 3:12 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
nunolini
I´m make one command for read this story in minecraft book
Tomorrow I post
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02/09/2016 3:50 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Grump
Azie
I'd appreciate it if you didn't since I'd rather people view my work here rather than elsewhere.
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09/19/2015 6:12 pm
Level 68 : High Grandmaster Explorer
Beverly
Wow, this is really good! :D
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08/27/2015 2:00 pm
Level 23 : Expert Button Pusher
Gorvell
154
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08/19/2015 1:15 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Princess
Kyoko Tomato
151st diamond.. Someone get this to 6666 diamonds, so the illuminatii may be in the story :D
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05/05/2015 2:04 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Skinner
soupcanzzz
WELL I MADE IT AN EVEN NUMBER TAKE THAT (120th!) xD Naw just kidding love it.
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04/23/2015 12:41 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Crafter
Purplee
One hundred and one.

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04/22/2015 8:06 am
Level 25 : Expert Pokemon
janniecole707
110 diamonds,Great work
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04/20/2015 8:34 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
+LostSoul+
You mean 109 diamonds!  xD LOL
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04/06/2015 3:45 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Pig
coolherojack
u mean 102 diamonds!
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04/05/2015 9:41 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Narwhal
Hockeybuilder07
101st Diamond, great work!
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03/24/2015 5:13 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Archer
BlueTheHunter
100th diamond! wonderful work Azie! amazing
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03/24/2015 5:14 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Grump
Azie
Thanks! :)
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03/24/2015 5:15 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Archer
BlueTheHunter
your welcome
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02/23/2015 8:47 am
Level 28 : Expert Taco
gymnastgaming05
Congratulations, you deserved it!
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02/01/2015 7:57 am
Level 34 : Artisan Artist
zerkoh
Azie live in Azia.
Ok so, aw'sume ! <3
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01/20/2015 5:56 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Bunny
Perithia
Wow your descriptive writing is on point. I felt like your piece transformed me into the story, like I could vision clearly what was happening. I think you have a bright future ahead of you. :)
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01/07/2015 8:51 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Crafter
Cackel
Congrats on first grade! I don't think I said that right.
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12/31/2014 9:28 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Pixel Painter
F4llenW4rlord
Isn't really well presented, to be honest. For me, the concept and idea is creative, but it wasn't presented well.

For better presentation, I'd probably use italics and bolding to excentuate certain words. (For example, instead of doing 6:00 PM, I would have bolded it personally: 6:00 PM)
The last paragraph for example could be done like this: "It can't be Winter," he croaked, "Spring just got here..."

I think if you have done that (This is of course my personal opinion), it would be more interesting instead of just a plain wall of text.

While I personally think other texts were better in this contest, congratulations on your contest win. :)
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01/12/2015 2:15 pm
Level 42 : Master Explorer
EmpireSpore
Well said.
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01/13/2015 12:29 am
Level 31 : Artisan Pixel Painter
F4llenW4rlord
Haha, thanks! :P
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12/24/2014 9:12 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
ScytheGames
I liked the story, so you know.......... I expect a "Steve: A Psychosis" book to come out sometime soon.... so you better get to working on that :)
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12/23/2014 9:42 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Batman
taterman88
Hmmm Scarletbox's FIR contest winner also had a homeless theme.
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12/20/2014 8:33 pm
Level 26 : Expert Hunter
BaconEater512
Good Job on 1st! But a wall of text and yeah good job
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12/17/2014 9:06 am
Level 38 : Artisan Goblin
James Sunderland
Congrats on first!
/hugs
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12/16/2014 7:21 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Ninja
Girly link
Congrats on first!
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12/15/2014 8:58 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Guard
-Baron
Gratsies on 1st!
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12/15/2014 7:25 pm
Level 1 : New Engineer
Shadewulf
but,theres,little,here.



Its a good idea... but not properly told. Sorry Azie! Opinions.
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12/16/2014 11:59 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
doggiedancer531
I agree with Shadewulf. I thought it was a good story but i think you could have added more.
But I still loved it! Congrats on 1st!
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12/15/2014 7:36 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Grump
Azie
My goal wasn't to write something long, so that's probably why there isn't much here. I still appreciate the comment though.
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12/15/2014 7:19 pm
Level 20 : Expert Skinner
conure
Amazing story! So much detail. :). Congrats on first place!
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12/15/2014 5:55 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Network
Crafty
wow, congrats!
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12/15/2014 5:34 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Scribe
PukedOutKiwi
Congrats!
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12/15/2014 4:36 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Dragonborn
Reddt
Congrats on first place!
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12/15/2014 2:19 pm
Level 25 : Expert Artist
JoaoPauloC100
Congratulations Azie. I didn't do too good, but hey, I tried. :)
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12/15/2014 12:54 pm
Level 1 : New Network
B-O-B
Never mind you being staff. This is great and you totally deserved first place.
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12/15/2014 12:59 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Grump
Azie
Thanks. :)
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12/15/2014 12:14 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Pony
StealingDaPenta
{
ParticipantIsStaff
                 Yes
                  No
}
{
Yes: ApplyBonus()
}
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12/15/2014 12:16 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Pony
StealingDaPenta
I just wonder how you scored so high on presentation
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12/17/2014 8:09 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Squaddles
I gotta agree. But that code is code is so not right. I have basic knowledge in Java, so here goes :3
StaffWins = false;
PlayerWins = false;
if(participant == staff){
StaffWins = true;
} else {
PlayerWins = false;
}
There.
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12/18/2014 7:19 am
Level 30 : Artisan Pony
StealingDaPenta
Wasn't using Java anyway so it doesnt matter how you corrected me wouldnt work still ;)
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12/18/2014 10:16 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
Squaddles
If you actully made a "contest" game in Java and made those variables it would work...HA! BURN!

But seriously, I think all the staff just diamond each others work :/
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12/18/2014 10:14 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
Squaddles
Lol I know xD
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12/17/2014 8:50 pm
Level 27 : Expert Dragon
DAP
You never declared participant :P

And you don't need the else if it will never change anyways ;)

*flies away*
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12/18/2014 10:14 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
Squaddles
-.-
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12/18/2014 8:13 pm
Level 27 : Expert Dragon
DAP
I'm messing with you lol it's good ;)
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12/18/2014 7:20 am
Level 30 : Artisan Pony
StealingDaPenta
Shooosh Wiep Shouch *pulls pulls*
There, caught you with my lasso!
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