After Phillip stood I revealed my plan to them both. I was... unsure about how the Slender Man felt, for some reason I wasn't able to read him as well as I have been in the past, though talking with him has never been easy. Phillip, on the other hand, was ecstatic, though it's become obvious that's he's accepted his role as my subordinate and it's unlikely he'll ever appose anything I'll say. So after a few minutes of collaboration with the two of them I left them to go walk the rest of the trail by myself. I needed to contemplate some things, and the trail was still the safest place for me to let Cage take control for a while. I've been keeping a tighter grip on him lately, because I can't allow myself to slip up, now more than ever, but the downside is that sometimes I need to simply give him complete control for a while, to balance things out. Free does not approve, but he doesn't approve of much of anything I choose lately, then again, neither does Cage, neither do I.
Then He was gone, having full filled his role in a plan he had agreed to, the Slender Man was content to leave the rest to me. My dorm was closer, and my roommate was already gone for the weekend, so we went to my room and discussed our options. I played some music to try and get the image out of her head and calm her down and asked what was going on. She only told me things I already knew: She was being hunted, she couldn't sleep without having nightmares, she was receiving threatening messages and signs, and she was trying to find an answer, but I listened as though I was hearing it for the first time. At first I pretended to join in her fear, to make it seem as though I was even more confused and lost than she was, I even acted as though I couldn't believe it was real. Then I got angry, I told her that we couldn't lose to Him, that we would find a way to escape whatever was going on. As we discussed options she mentioned that she had stumbled across a few blogs that seemed to be dealing with him, at first acted was skeptical, but then I had her tell me all she knew about the blogs. I convinced her to go home for the weekend, and I told her that I would take over looking at the blogs for her, that she should focus on watching the various vlogs instead to see if she could find out anything there. With our labor divided so that there was no risk of her finding my blog I decided it was best to wrap things up before she could suggest anything different. I told her I had one last class I had to go to (which was, incidentally, the truth) and that she should go ahead and go home, that maybe getting out of the area would provide some relief for the time being.
So now I'm being "Hunted" along with Elizabeth, the good news is that I can keep her from finding out who and what I am, but the bad news is that I now have a much greater role in her active psychological torture. And now she knows, for better or worse, that I can see him too. This means that I'm now entrenched in this mess no matter what, there's no walking away to save myself and still not serving Him, the two options before me are more clear than ever before, and I'm far closer to having to choose one of them. Somehow it seems that this happens every time I try to buy myself time, but my options beyond that are have always been few anyways. I suppose that if I have to dig myself a deeper hole than there's something comforting about being the one holding the shovel.
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