06 Mar Are You Still There?
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"Are You Still There?"Written by Mike MacDee
Estimated reading time — 9 minutes
Chatroom log transcribed by *name expunged* on *date expunged*. Screen names presumably substituted by account holders’ real names for easier reference. Whether incident described was real or fabricated cannot be determined, as transcriber has vanished without a trace.
[11:29:09 PM] – Jon has joined the chatroom
[11:29:14 PM] – Matt has joined the chatroom
[11:29:16 PM] Jon: holla
[11:29:20 PM] Matt: holla!
[11:29:22 PM] Matt: haha
[11:29:31 PM] Matt: what the crap was sabatini talking about Tuesday?
[11:30:02 PM] Jon: I wasn’t in class Tuesday.
[11:30:03 PM] Matt: about the futurists
[11:30:09 PM] Jon: I was sick.
[11:30:13 PM] Matt: oh. you were ditchin
[11:30:22 PM] Jon: no I was sick. swear to god.
[11:30:22 PM] Matt: :D
[11:30:33 PM] Jon: came down with a cold or something.
[11:30:40 PM] Matt: whatever ditcher
[11:30:45 PM] Matt: holla Jimi!
[11:31:30 PM] Matt: nice to see you too. fuck.
[11:31:31 PM] Matt: holla! >:(
[11:31:33 PM] Jon: Jimi’s idle again.
[11:31:40 PM] Matt: hate how he does that. just logs in and walks away
[11:31:42 PM] Jon: or he’s toking up.
[11:31:51 PM] Matt: haha
[11:32:10 PM] Jon: what’s your deal with Sabatini’s class?
[11:32:59 PM] Matt: the futurist manifestos. supposed to have read em but I didn’t make any sense out of em
[11:33:04 PM] Matt: something about cars and graveyards and shit
[11:33:21 PM] Matt: and you know how he just throws the material at us and expects us to learn something like we got mind-reading powers
[11:33:34 PM] Jon: what you put into his classes is what you take out of it.
[11:33:41 PM] Jon: he expects each of us to decide what’s significant about the material.
[11:34:19 PM] Matt: shit I coulda just not signed up for the class and bought the book and read it on my own time then
[11:34:21 PM] Matt: >:(
[11:34:27 PM] Matt: hey bro I gotta skate ill see ya l8er
[11:34:35 PM] Jon: ok later.
[11:34:36 PM] Matt: see ya Jimi!
[11:34:49 PM] – Matt has left the chatroom
[11:39:40 PM] – Jimi is no longer idle
[11:40:02 PM] Jimi: jon you there?
[11:40:19 PM] Jon: yeah.
[11:40:26 PM] Jimi: the neighborhood is gone
[11:40:27 PM] Jon: Jimi how come you don’t answer my calls?
[11:40:32 PM] Jon: what?
[11:40:40 PM] Jimi: the neighborhood is gone
[11:41:05 PM] Jon: I don’t follow you.
[11:41:29 PM] Jimi: somethings wrong
[11:41:35 PM] Jimi: can you see outside your windows?
[11:41:51 PM] Jon: what you been smoking Jimi?
[11:41:59 PM] Jimi: can you see outside your windows?
[11:42:18 PM] Jon: yeah.
[11:42:26 PM] Jimi: what do you see?
[11:42:31 PM] Jon: street lights.
[11:42:38 PM] Jon: Jimi what’s your problem man?
[11:42:49 PM] Jimi: i dont see street lights
[11:42:55 PM] Jimi: i dont see anything. just black. the neighborhood is gone.
[11:43:22 PM] Jon: Jimi if you’re tripping again I’m coming over there to beat your ass. I’m serious.
[11:43:58 PM] Jimi: im not tripping i swear. everything is just gone.
[11:44:20 PM] Jon: the lights on your street probably just burnt out
[11:49:00 PM] – Jimi is idle
[11:50:29 PM] Jon: you still there?
[12:19:53 AM] – Jon has left the chatroom
[10:54:20 PM] – Jon has joined the chatroom
[10:54:28 PM] Jon: Jimi how are you today? Everything all right?
[10:55:19 PM] Jon: Jimi talk to me buddy. You feeling all right?
[10:59:12 PM] – Jimi is no longer idle
[10:59:25 PM] Jimi: theres nothing outside
[10:59:58 PM] Jon: Jimi do you want me to come over?
[11:00:25 PM] Jimi: no dont come over
[11:00:29 PM] Jimi: stay there
[11:00:58 PM] Jon: Jimi what the fuck man? What’s going on over there?
[11:05:58 PM] – Jimi is idle
[11:07:06 PM] Jon: I’m getting tired of this Jimi.
[11:10:54 PM] Jon: grow up.
[11:30:01 PM] – Matt has joined the chatroom
[11:30:08 PM] Matt: holla!!!!
[11:30:14 PM] Matt: holla Jimi :D
[11:31:07 PM] Matt: Jimi you aint been at school in three days. Spring break isn’t for another month yo
[11:31:00 PM] – Jimi is no longer idle
[11:31:09 PM] Jimi: matt can you see outside your windows?
[11:31:23 PM] Matt: yeah I see ladies dancing
[11:31:39 PM] Matt: and theyre callin your name Jimi! They want yuh!
[11:31:41 PM] Jimi: i cant see anything. its pitch black outside my house.
[11:31:50 PM] Matt: for real?
[11:31:52 PM] Jimi: the neighborhoods gone. i dont know where i am.
[11:32:01 PM] Matt: haha what?
[11:32:02 PM] Jon: Jesus is he still going on about that?
[11:32:11 PM] Matt: whats he talking about Jon?
[11:32:30 PM] Jon: he’s being an asshole. He was babbling about it yesterday too.
[11:32:51 PM] Matt: haha Jimi whatre you on man? You take your meds?
[11:33:22 PM] Jimi: im not on anything
[11:33:56 PM] Jon: Jimi I’m coming over.
[11:33:58 PM] Jimi: im fuckin scared and all you guys do is give me shit
[11:34:09 PM] Jimi: no i told you dont come over
[11:34:10 PM] – Jon has left the chatroom
[11:58:12 PM] – Jon has joined the chatroom
[11:58:14 PM] Jimi: one was scratching on the window a minute ago
[11:58:27 PM] Matt: welcome to the twilight zone Jon haha
[11:58:39 PM] Jon: Christ Jimi what happened?
[11:58:40 PM] Matt: you’re missin out on some crazy shit
[11:58:51 PM] Jon: what happened to your house Jimi?
[11:59:02 PM] Matt: whats up with his house?
[11:59:07 PM] Jimi: did you go to my house jon?
[11:59:18 PM] Jon: it isn’t there. Just a foundation.
[11:59:19 PM] Jimi: i told you to stay away
[11:59:30 PM] Jon: Jimi what happened?
[11:59:31 PM] Matt: Jon are you serious?
[12:01:13 AM] Jimi: theres movement outside now. i cant see anything but i can hear things.
[12:01:53 AM] Jimi: i hear people talking outside real quiet. im scared to go near the windows.
[12:02:17 AM] Jon: Jimi when did this happen?
[12:03:11 AM] Jimi: did you see davan kellys painting?
[12:03:25 AM] Jon: yeah I think so. The scary one, right?
[12:04:15 AM] Jimi: he invited me over a couple times as a critic. he painted about a dozen of them and he wanted to know which one was scariest. i pointed to that one with the twisted face like a nightmare peeking out of the dark and told him it was like looking at a bad dream.
[12:04:59 AM] – Matt is idle
[12:05:02 AM] Jimi: and i dreamt about the thing in his painting that night. it wore shadow like a cloak and the face was distorted like something laying at the bottom of a pool when the waves havent settled.
[12:05:45 AM] Jimi: it just stood staring at me
[12:06:00 AM] Jon: damn.
[12:07:06 AM] Jimi: davan called me over again and when i got there he had all these new paintings, all worse than the one i picked before.
[12:07:40 AM] Jimi: i never saw anything so horrible
[12:07:56 AM] Jon: that bad, huh?
[12:09:11 AM] Jimi: no no no
[12:09:29 AM] Jimi: not poorly done horrible. never want to see again horrible. you shoulda seen them. they were almost alive
[12:13:42 AM] Jimi: i saw the thing in my sleep again, and there were others. they all stared at me like i was interrupting something and i still couldn’t make out their faces enough to see their eyes but davan said youre not supposed to look them in the eyes because youll freeze up and thats how they get you.
[12:14:30 AM] Jimi: davan saw how bad they made my skin crawl and he smiled
[12:15:10 AM] Jon: I haven’t seen Davan around campus. Did he lock himself in his studio?
[12:15:12 AM] Jimi: and after class one day he told me the things were from his dreams. he used to dream about them as a kid and they used to scare him, and then one day he stopped seeing them.
[12:15:59 AM] Jimi: but he started painting them and somehow they came back. he said he could make them appear in his dreams more vividly the more he painted them.
[12:16:28 AM] Jimi: he had this theory that when we sleep sometimes we see glimpses of other worlds and it might be possible to bring part of those worlds into ours
[12:18:56 AM] Jimi: davan told me that sometimes the paintings would show a twitch of movement or change slightly when he looked away. or he’d be walking past the studio door and hear his name being whispered in there. he said it scared him at first but he got used to it after a while and figured he was progressing.
[12:19:30 AM] Jimi: he was crazy. i think he wanted to meet one of them in person.
[12:18:37 AM] Jon: is he there with you?
[12:19:04 AM] Jimi: no hes gone and im next.
[12:21:00 AM] Jimi: he called me over for one last critique. he said it was really important to him and i didnt believe the shit he said before about the paintings moving. i didnt believe him. i thought he was just nuts but we were pals and i just wanted to help.
[12:26:00 AM] – Jimi is idle
[12:29:00 AM] Jon: Jimi you still there?
[12:29:11 AM] – Jimi is no longer idle
[12:29:31 AM] Jimi: davan opened the door and smiled like everything was normal. all the lights were out in his house and i started to ask him why but thats when i saw the shadows
[12:31:44 AM] Jimi: they moved like there was people swimming in them
[12:32:10 AM] Jimi: he invited me in but i turned and ran
[12:34:12 AM] Jimi: that was last weekend and this monday i woke up thinking it was the middle of the night but it was one in the afternoon and i couldnt see outside.
[12:39:12 AM] – Jimi is idle
[12:49:01 AM] – Matt is no longer idle
[12:49:10 AM] Matt: jesus man you weren’t kidding
[12:49:32 AM] Matt: Jimi you got some weird crap happening in your neighborhood
[12:49:39 AM] Jon: did you see his house Matt?
[12:49:56 AM] Matt: no man nothing there to see. like someone just picked it up and carried it off
[12:50:04 AM] Matt: what’d I miss?
[12:50:12 AM] Jon: scroll up and see for yourself.
[12:50:30 AM] Jon: Jimi try calling me on your phone.
[12:53:43 AM] Jon: Jimi you there?
[12:53:55 AM] Matt: wow
[12:55:00 AM] Matt: what do you make of all this?
[12:55:30 AM] Jon: well I can’t say he’s tripping on anything because that doesn’t explain the missing house.
[12:55:55 AM] Jon: keep him company for a while. I want to see if it’s the same at Davan’s place.
[12:56:11 AM] Matt: ok
[12:56:31 AM] Matt: Jimi you still there?
[12:56:35 AM] – Jon has left the chatroom
[02:09:30 AM] – Jon has joined the chatroom
[02:09:40 AM] Jon: it’s the same at Davan’s place! There’s nothing there!
[02:09:57 AM] Jon: Jimi you holding together?
[02:11:29 AM] Jon: Matt you still there?
[02:14:48 AM] Jon: Matt don’t fuck around I mean it.
[02:14:40 AM] – Jimi is no longer idle
[02:14:55 AM] Jimi: goddammit i told you not to come over here! why wont you listen to me?
[02:15:10 AM] Jon: Jimi calm down.
[02:15:30 AM] Jimi: did you think i was fuckin kidding? i told you to stay there!
[02:15:49 AM] Jimi: they came for me because i went to davans place! they get your scent and they come for you like when sharks smell blood!
[02:15:56 AM] Jon: Jimi have you been talking to Matt?
[02:16:45 AM] Jon: did you try calling my phone?
[02:20:21 AM] Jon: somebody please talk to me.
[02:20:49 AM] – Jimi is idle
[02:38:00 AM] – Matt is no longer idle
[02:38:04 AM] Matt: jon
[02:39:00 AM] Matt: jon you awake?
[02:39:09 AM] Jon: Matt what’s up? Where did you go?
[02:39:29 AM] Matt: nowhere jon
[02:39:55 AM] Jon: Matt what’s the matter?
[02:41:07 AM] Matt: drew came over. I was telling him about the situation and jimi was quiet for a long time.
[02:43:00 AM] Matt: it got drew, jon
[02:44:01 AM] Jon: what got Drew?
[02:44:50 AM] Matt: i dont know what it was
[02:45:33 AM] Matt: it got dark outside all of a sudden and drew wanted to step out and get a better look. We thought it was an eclipse
[02:46:11 AM] Matt: he opened the front door and there was nothing but blackness on the other side like the bottom of the ocean
[02:46:32 AM] Jon: is he okay?
[02:48:01 AM] Matt: this thing just appeared all of a sudden and stared him right in the eye like a snake. i dont know what it was but it was pale and gnarled and i think it was smiling
[02:49:03 AM] Matt: drew froze and just stood there staring at it and before i knew what was happening the blackness slurped him up
[02:49:27 AM] Matt: i flung the door closed as fast as i could
[02:49:28 AM] Jon: jesus
[02:54:27 AM] – Matt is idle
[02:55:57 AM] – Matt is no longer idle
[02:56:12 AM] Matt: i don’t know what to do. theyre out there right now looking for a way inside
[02:56:43 AM] Matt: theyre smiling at me through the windows
[02:56:57 AM] Matt: jon i don’t know what to do
[03:01:57 AM] – Matt is idle
[03:12:54 AM] – Jimi has left the chatroom
[03:14:07 AM] – Matt is no longer idle
[03:14:14 AM] Matt: i think jimis gone jon
[03:14:49 AM] Jon: shit something weird is going on over here.
[03:15:26 AM] Jon: hang in there matt. I’m going to haul my laptop out to my car so I’ll be gone just for a minute. I got to get out of here.
[03:15:38 AM] – Jon has left the chatroom
[03:27:54 AM] – Jon has joined the chatroom
[03:27:55 AM] Matt: please jon its inside
[03:28:08 AM] Jon: back and I’m in my car in the campus parking lot.
[03:28:17 AM] Jon: Matt what was that?
[03:29:59 AM] Jon: Matt talk to me.
[03:32:55 AM] – Matt is idle
[03:45:02 AM] Jon: somebody answer please.
[04:03:01 AM] – Matt has left the chatroom
[04:41:28 AM] Jon: shit i cant see anything the headlights don’t work at all
[04:50:11 AM] Jon: matt, jimi, please talk to me
[04:52:06 AM] Jon: please i dont want to look at them
[04:59:47 AM] Jon: please somebody
[10:07:17 PM] – Brian has joined the chatroom
[10:07:47 PM] Brian: hey guys whats goin on in here?
[10:10:14 PM] Brian: anybody home?
[10:14:03 PM] – Jon has left the chatroom
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