Alright sorry it's taken me so long to update, Shane's got a busy schedule and I've been trying to go about things as usual to avoid being sent to the loony bin. Anyways, I was finally able to sit down with him the other day and talk. I recorded it on my phone but for some reason when I uploaded it onto my computer it was all garbled and fucked up, so I'm just gonna have to transcribe it (it still works on my phone for some reason)
I decided not to tell Shane exactly everything that's been happening. At least not the bit about me having dated Jenna, and how nobody else remembered her. I didn't want him to think I was crazy and leave, I needed his opinion of the journal. I told him that this journal came from a friend of a friend. I believe I've prefaced this well enough, so here it is:
I: So what do you think?
S: Well...with things like this, it's hard to say. When it comes to saying whether or not something has some kind of...other-worldly influence, there isn't ever any definitive answer. But being a believer in this kind of stuff means you have to be a skeptic too. There's a lot of scams, a lot of bullshit, and a lot of stupid people who see shit that isn't there. (sits back) But...there is something strange about all this.
I: Ya, tell me something I don't know.
S: Alright. Have you seen this symbol before? (points to a circle with an X drawn through it. this symbol pops up a lot and is on every page at least twice near the end of the journal)
I: No, not really.
S: There are a lot of theories about this symbol. It started as a variation of the Theta symbol, an archaic form of it. In Athens, they used it as a symbol for death, think of it sort of like the skull and crossbones of ancient times. Prisoners awaiting execution would be branded with it...so some more...shady sects adopted it as a symbol of their own.
I: But...why would she be drawing this then?
S: Well there's another school of thought about it. In Egypt the symbol was used to represent the soul. Some believed drawing or repeatedly using the symbol could strengthen your resolve against evil spirits. A ward of sorts.
I: So which is it?
S: How the hell am I supposed to know? At the end of the day, it's just a circle with an X through it. We're the ones that assign meaning to it.
I: So what do you think it means in this context?
S: It's hard to say. She was obviously afraid of someone, and she obviously believed that he was very powerful. Whether or not that's an indicator of something...paranormal or something more explainable, like cult activity...well I'd have to meet with her to discuss that.
We both just sat there for a minute, then decided to end the conversation. There wasn't really much else to cover really. But he stayed over for a while, we caught up and had some food. We were eating, and I remembered those blogs Daniel had linked to me, so I asked Shane if he'd ever heard of this Slender Man. I didn't record this conversation, but the way he reacted I wish I had. He got really quiet and asked me how I'd heard about it. I told him I'd just been dicking around online and found it. He said it was a dumb urban legend and that I have better things to do with my time than read fairy tales. Then alllllllll of a sudden he had to leave. But as he was walking out, he turned around and said to me:
"Try and know what you're getting into, man".
Then he left.
Ya. So that freaked me out. I think all I can really do is comb the journal some more to see if I missed any clues about where she might have gone.