A group of boys, teenagers, were in high school. They had been socially ostracized by the rest of the student body for various reasons. Tom had shat his pants when he couldn’t find a toilet on a school excursion, Malcolm had insulted the most popular girl in school, and Daniel had been caught masturbating in the computer room. Now, a lot could be said for why these boys had done what they had done. Each of their acts were highly questionable and, if not, damn near intolerable. But they were young, stupid and each was experiencing problems of their own in the larger context of things.

As each one made the mistakes that they had made, they each found themselves socially spurned by their fellow peers and outcast. And that’s how they found themselves in each other’s company. They had little choice really. Having done what they had done, they were forced to spend their high school years in social isolation. So as all the other students progressed through puberty, taking on high school dates as was the regular occurrence of these things. Tom, Malcolm and Daniel were left to silently contemplate what they would do with their lives. There was some talk of ‘killing them all’, but that was soon silenced by the fact that high school was just high school and one day they would graduate and progress with the rest of their lives.

So instead of spending their years in a pit of bitterness and contempt for the rest of the people that they inhabited the Earth with, they decided to make something of themselves. They buried themselves in their work and studied hard. They came to the decision of what they wanted to do with their lives very early because they were left with little choice. Tom decided to become a medical practitioner so that he could solve the problem of his uncontrollable bowels, Malcolm decided to become a musician so that he could gather the fame and adoration of his peers, and Daniel decided that he would become an IT expert because he loved computers so much.

Each of them buried themselves in their work and their studies, seeing that one day it would all payoff and they would be rewarded in due course. People would insult them and remind them of their past miseries in the high school halls and for this they developed thick skins.

They were all bright students and at the end of their course of studies they all entered the appropriate streams of their life ambitions. They went to university and graduated, all becoming top experts in their field.

But the problem was that they didn’t have the social connections to get the jobs that would help them flourish. They soon became depressed and resolved to drug use in an effort to soothe their tortured souls. And even though they possessed all the knowledge required of them to make something of themselves, their social etiquette was thus hampered and this was reflected in their work.

Malcolm committed suicide by hanging himself, Tom overdosed on heroin and Daniel ended his life in a murder-suicide sort of deal.


Louis Edward Tschampion.. Also known as Arie de Bruyn Born in Sandringham, Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) on the 15th January 1987. Son of Alison and Dirk de Bruyn. Youngest sibling to Kees and Abram de Bruyn. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 22. Holds a bachelor degree from Deakin University in Arts (Media & Communication). Attended several high schools. Has lived and worked internationally in New Delhi, India; and Thailand. Currently resides in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Written several books and self-published them (Check out products and downloads page). Works jobs to earn himself a livable wage. contact: firstofkin@hotmail.com twitter: @firstofkin

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