It would be a long, sleepless night for Tara. She had barely gotten any sleep in the past week, and while that left her feeling quite exhausted, too many other elements were working against her to allow her any peace. The mattress was creaky and uncomfortable, the blanket was stiff and itchy, and the air conditioning was too cold for her liking. It reminded her of the vacations her family used to go on, when she was younger. She always hated staying in hotels on those trips, because even the nicest ones couldn't compare to the comfort of home. That was during the best of times, though. This time, however, the living conditions just played a small part in her lack of slumber, for Tara was far removed from the normalcy of a family vacation. Instead, Tara had spent the past six days in the psychiatric ward of the Northwood Regional Medical Center.
The ordeal began during a typical day in her Pre-Calculus class. Tara was absorbing just enough information to pass the class, but her interest