Slender Man

A story based around the true tales and actual records of a paranormal entity that has plagued our world since time began. We follow Harry Cobain, a researcher into this phenomenon as he makes a big speach about the entity at a conference. But he does not know that a man sits in the audience, and will change his life, showing him the true face of Slender Man. WARNING: contains descriptions of actual crimes which include the killing of small children. Read with caution.

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5. History Repeating

High up above the city of Phoenix, Arizona, Harry Cobain stood in his modest Hilton suite, and looked out of the window onto the parking lot below. His walls were papered with drawings and articles regarding Slender Man, red string connected pieces together, a mind map of madness covering every inch of the rented room. Harry had a way of amercing himself into his work the night before his speeches, as he was leaving the next day he hadn't bothered taking it down yet. 

He had just gotten off of the phone with his friend, who had agreed to meet up with himself and Derek the following day. He had said that be could only help for no more than two weeks, then he would have to fly back to Washington. The two had not seen each other for a couple years, not since the incident in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an incident that Harry never wanted to repeat. The more he thought about what he was getting himself in for the more he dreaded the similarities that it had to Tulsa; missing child, anguished father and Slender Man. Last time it had ended in tragedy, the father of the missing child was convicted of his sons murder and sexual abuse. The spotlight then fell onto Harry and his friend, as they were trying to have him acquitted and walk free, the media had a field day that only now Harry managing to overcome. 

This Derek and his missing daughter, it's seemed similar, identical almost. But what was identical here? The murder of the children by their fathers, which they intended on blaming on a myth, making headlines, making money? Or was Harry right the first time, was it indeed Slender Man once again? Had the jury refused to believe in the possibility of his existence and sent an innocent man to his death? These were answers that Harry needed to know. He needed the proof, he needed to see for his own eyes. 

Harry lay on his bed, lights switched off and neons signs from outside streaking their way through the blinds. Harry raised his head, and examined a hand drawn sketch of Slender Man that a patient of Timberlawn Mental Health Clinic drew especially for him. It was the face that confused Harry the most, every patient describes Slender Man slightly different, either taller or shorter, multiple arms or just two long ones. But it was the face, they always describe the face in the exact same way. They say it's impossible to focus on it, like looking at a photo in fog, no features, but still the feeling of being looked at. A swirl of grey and darkness, they say they get a feeling of warmth and calmness just by looking at it, but after a while, when he gets closer and they can't look away, that's when the fear starts. That's when they say, 'I'd rather die than see that face again.' In the end they would get what they wanted. 

Harry knew it would be a long couple of weeks searching for clues to the girls disappearance, if anything at all could be found. He knew there would be tension if they failed to find anything, and possibly worse if they did. But Harry needed to look, his mind wouldn't rest until he tried. 
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