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February 3, 2012

Not A Coincidence

I learned something interesting today, I learned who was being hunted in my class.  Sadly it was not the teacher, it might of been amusing to watch his lectures and examples slowly become filled with ramblings and operator symbols.  Instead it was someone else, someone I knew of all things.  Her name is Elizabeth, and we've been friends for a while now, she is, in fact, the only person in that class that I actually know.  Naturally I refuse to accept this as a coincidence, I believe in luck, but it's looking more and more like He's trying to force my hand.

Now the curious are probably wondering how exactly I know this, and the epically observant might even notice that I discovered this on a Friday when the class we shared was on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Elizabeth didn't come to class this past week, evidently she was recovering from a mild cold.  This morning she texted me, asking if I wouldn't mind coming over to her apartment to share notes from our mutual class, I of course accepted.  When I went over there I didn't notice anything at first, and when I did it was so subtle that I couldn't even identify it right away.

Perhaps I should explain here.  I'm sure that by now most of you know what Mr. Talls presence feels like, there's the paranoia and fear, yes, but there's more to it than that.  It feels like he's physically projecting something.  I believe he is, I'm not sure what, but what ever it is leaves something behind, it's like this smell that just lingers long after the product is gone.  It's like radiation that never goes away, a sensation that something is wrong, and if you know what it feels like, you can figure out when someone has been hunted by him.  That feeling was there, with Elizabeth, and it was so faint I almost missed it.  I'd be surprised if she had even seen Him yet.

After I realized what was going on I realized what was going on: He wants me to choose.  The Slender Man is tired of having this little neutral person off in his own corner making a ruckus, and he's devised a lovely little situation designed to either bring out the worst in me, or the best.  He knows that this is something I can't ignore, I know the victim, and that means I have to get involved, one way or another.

Like I said, I can't just ignore this, it will be literally impossible to ignore this because Beth and I are close (as much as that can mean for me).  When things start getting worse she will most likely come to me, and I will either have to help her or sabotage her, the line between those options is so narrow even I can't maneuver it safely.  If it comes down to it I'm not sure I would be able to sacrifice Elizabeth for my own safety.  On the other hand, I'm not sure I'll ever be willing to surrender what I know, knowing full well it would mean a quick death for the both of us.  For that matter, I'm sure any kind helpful behavior would be bad for both of us.  So, this time at least, I took a different route: I introduced her to Marble Hornets.

I know that what I did didn't really buy me much time, if anything, things will escalate more quickly now that she knows what she's dealing with.  But now she knows what she's dealing with, she'll have some idea of what's going on and what she needs to do.  I still earn points because this does drag her in deeper, it does make her an easier target, and it does make her more paranoid.  But in the end, she won't be flailing when He starts showing himself, and she'll know where to look to find more information.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to pull something off like this every time things start to escalate, but right now I don't know what I'm going to do, so I need to find a way to put off this confrontation for as long as I can.

EDIT: You know, looking back on this a few days later I realize that this was written up pretty poorly.  I suppose it's good it's an account and explanation of what I know, rather than a piece of fiction brought before an audience of talented writers for the sake of entertainment.  That would be rather embarrassing.  Still, I'll try to make future updates more acceptable, I do try to hold myself to a certain standard of writing, even if it is a personal story.

See you around
Free

15 comments:

  1. Good luck, Free. Don't let the old faceless fuck drag you into his game. You'll find your narrow path.

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    1. Thanks for the support, Lucia, I'll walk the line as long as it still somehow exists.

      See you around
      -Free

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  2. Good luck Free, I know this must be really hard for you.

    Maybe...maybe you could play on the fact you introduced her to Marble Hornets. When she starts to see him, try and find a way to get her to see The Tutorial and other informative blogs? Although I suppose you have to be really careful with that.

    You don't want her to think someone's slipping her this info harmfully and make her really paranoid.

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    1. I don't want her to see the blogs. I've commented around enough that if she see them Elizabeth could possibly trace them back to me. Besides, the only Tutorial rule that's a proven safe bet (keep moving) is one I can't afford to let her follow. But other than that I can find ways to keep her safe, and push her towards the better options. But I can't let her (or Phillip for that matter, dang proxy (no offense to any proxies following my blog, you people aren't screwing with my personal life)) know I'm doing it.

      See you around
      -Free

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  3. I think you know which path I would suggest Om, but this is your story and your decision.
    Good luck with whichever path you choose.

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    1. Heh, thanks StoryWeaver, the Path of Pins or the Path of Needles indeed, isn't it. Well I'm going to put of this desiscion as long as I can, but when I have to choose I'll be sure to make it impressive.

      See you around
      -Cage

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  4. I'm pretty sure you can guess what my actions and stance would be on this. However I wish you luck in whatever you choose.

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    1. Actually, I don't know that I could say for sure, about your stance, anyways. You are still opposing the Slender Man, after all, even if you are working with another Fear. Even a brief oppisition from me would help you, if only a little. Of course, I'm not dealing with the Wodden Girl at all, I don't know what I would do if that happened, I've got nothing protecting me from her.

      But how you would act in my place, yeah, I think I could figure that out. You would take the path of greatest end result, considering only factors you knew at the time. I'm doing the same, I just have diffrent factors...

      And I have a freind involved, maybe that's diffrent, too.

      See you around
      -FreedomCaged

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  5. Your speaking and writing are suffering. Something else is affecting you, or this is more.. important to you than you've admitted.

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    1. glad someone else caught onto that.

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    2. It was a poor post after a long day, I can't get it perfect every time. I'm being completely honest about how important this is. Elizabeth is a freind, I don't have many of those, for hopefully ovbious reasons, so of course I'm concerned that this involves her now.

      See you around
      -Cage

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  6. ah, the folly of young love. or old love. or any love, really. just be careful, you two.

    and i, whitelight, dub thee...//Harvey Dent//.

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    1. It's not love, we really are just freinds. That's all I feel, anyways, and I'd be surprised if she felt diffrently.

      But for the title, I accecpt your title with all of the responsibilities and privlages it entails, thank you for the completly serious and meaningful gesture. I'm going to start carrying around a coin now.

      Everyone, I'll try to have a post up pretty soon, I've just been busy lately.

      See you around
      -Free

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  7. You're doing his work for him, you know. -.-

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    1. Give me another choice that works, I'm surviving a whole lot better than you hunted lot, and yet I still don't have to run around stabing people, either (not that I won't if it has to happen). So I think in the grand scheme of things this is the best choice I've got. If you've got another option that lets me survive without becoming a legitamite proxy I'm listening. Till then don't pretend to know what's going on in my head, just how much I'm helping him, or what I have to do justify it to myself.

      See you around
      -Caged

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