These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.
There has been a cold snap here. After a week of warm weather, suddenly it began to rain. And now, even though the rain has stopped where I am, the cold has crept in and decided to stay.
The conditions of war will not be good. Even the best of battles will be the worst of times. And the worst of battles shall seem like hell itself. But we must persevere. Hell, like tyranny, is not easily conquered.
And being hunted by the Slender Man is hell. I do know this. Not a day goes by that I do not wish I had no noticed him, had not noticed the way he walked, his strange gait, his pale complexion, his long arms. For when you notice him, he notices you. I would compare it to a person examining a bug through a magnifying glass, but it is worse than that. Some people might feel a degree of pity for the bug. Perhaps a better analogy would be a person examining a germ through a microscope? Does one feel anything at all for a germ?
And yet, germs can hurt a person. Germs, working together, can kill a full grown man.
"How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."
"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."
I have seen more of the posters. I am getting worried. The walls are covered sometimes with "BE HAPPY. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG." Or "DON'T WORRY. EVERYONE IS FINE." And always ending with that discordant note of "THIS IS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS."
And worse: like Mr. Krug and Proxiehunter, I have begun to see white vans around town. The vans all proclaim to be owned by different companies, but they are the same pattern as the others have seen - they say "Count Zero Carpet Cleaning" and "Virtual Light Exterminators."
How bold they become now. I fear what they will attempt to do next.