Hello? (public)

The house is quiet now, the others have gone to see the decorations, whatever they are. I didn't like doing this before, in the other place, but if Cheyenne's here then maybe other people from before are too? And Tobias told me there'd been... other experiments? Which means there's more here still. So, whether I've met you before or not, hello. My name's Veronica, I was in one of the experiments, and now I feel like I've walked into an AA meeting. Or started one. Whichever, I just know I'm feeling saner with a cup of coffee in hand.

I guess I have a lot of questions? And not very much interesting about myself to share. Before I came here, I was an artist and an internet technician (read: made-up title to make people like me feel superior when CEOs can't figure out their email). I thought things were over, we probably all did, and maybe everyone else has talked about this already? But what now? Is there any way we can try to get out? Where's everyone we might've known if they're not here? I don't expect a lot of answers, but I have to ask anyway. Thanks.

- Veronica

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Ronnie, baby...please let this be you.

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Jesse? Hell, it's me. Is it you?

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It's me--thank christ, are you okay? How's Jessie? I got this book today with pictures, where are you? I'll come to you, is everything okay? I'm out the door the second you tell me where you're at.

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No. No, Jesse, I'm not. I... I can't. Jessie's not here. I've been through absolute hell since I came here, and I can't do this right now. I'll use this again when I want to see you, but I can't do that right now.

I'm sorry.

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what do you mean jessie isn't here? she was with you, that was the arrangement--where is our daughter? where are you? what do you mean you can't do this right now? talk to me.

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I mean I've spent months locked in a set of tunnels watching people suffer, alright? And I thought you had Jessie, because you weren't there. If you weren't there, you were safe. She was safe. And when it was supposed to be over? I woke up here, to them taunting me. And I can't do this, not right now. Please, Jesse. Please.

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i'm sorry.

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Don't do that. It kills me, but I have pictures. Jessie's okay, at the very least? And soon we'll talk. just give me some time. I'm sorry too.

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....Veronica? Jesse's Veronica? Do you have Jessie?
Um. Sorry. I'm shooting in the dark, here, if I'm off base you're probably thinking I'm crazy. I just. I was in an experiment with a guy named Jesse, and he's here, and he has this tendency to go on about his family at length, so I thought maybe I can play lost and found here for a second.

Let's start over. Hi, Veronica, I'm Cam. I've been a lab rat for eight months...
I can answer some questions. Not everything.

As far as leaving this place, I'm not optimistic, just because we're gonna have to plan for freezing cold - if it's snowing this much in October we're pretty well fucked, and since you're new, I'll prepare you: you can't stockpile food here. Everything gets reset every day. No hoarding. Just whatever was in your room, in whatever order they put it in. If you move houses, you get put back. Like fucking dolls being kept by a really OCD person.

That's been going on for...three or four days, I guess? Since we were all put in the big houses. No one knows how we all wake up in our rooms like this every night, it might be drugs or gas or something, but no one can stay awake to see who's doing it. We were all moved about four days ago from individual houses to these big ones.

If you're talking about people from your or other experiments, they might still be recovering or under watch or something. People show up here every day, that's what I told Jesse and I wasn't wrong.

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If you mean 'Veronica who knows Jesse', then yes. I wish I could be surprised that we're stuck here, but I'm not. They kept us under lock and key for a long time, even after things went worse than I thought they could.

Honestly, the shared housing hasn't been so bad. I know one of my housemates, the other's a decent guy, and I haven't met the last yet but I'm told he's okay. I think I'd be in a worse spot if I'd woken up here alone. But thanks for the advice on what the rules are, it should definitely save me some mental energy as far as freaking out goes.

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Chill. I wasn't trying to imply ownership or like, wedlock. It is what it is, I don't presume to know or care about the drama. All I know is Monsieur Jesse James was worried when you didn't show up in the Real World: Big Fucking Mansion. I had six months to decide whether I gave a shit and I decided to. The end.

Honestly, I'm not giving up, but on the computer doesn't seem like the best place to speculate how one might not be totally screwed. If there is such a way.

Yeah, it seems like they try to put us in groups. One of my housemates is from my experiment. Another two know each other (and apparently were in a house of total psycho, if everyone here is to be believed). The fifth is pretty chill on her own.

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I didn't mean to come off like I was attacking you Cam, I'm sorry if it seemed that way. Really, there's been very little drama between Jesse and I in the years we've known each other. I was worried for him too, and now I get why he never showed up. But I'm grateful he had people he could confide in to help him through whatever nightmares you all endured in your experience.

If you see Jesse before I do, even if I've already tried to make amends for this nightmare of a first day? Tell him I'm sorry. And if there's any way I can help out around here that you know of, please let me know.

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It's cool. Tone's hard to read over the internet and I think everyone's a little...tense around here. (Surprise surprise.) But yeah, I didn't mean to snap.

Okay? I'll do that, on both counts.

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Hello, Veronica. I'm Will. What experiment were you in? I don't think you were in mine, but I can't tell very well - we were all "by ourselves, together", so to say, does that sound familiar? Alone with our computers. I think they called it C.

In any case, I guess we're all here now and better find a way to make the best of it. I'm new here as well, only a few days more used to this than you -- I don't have a lot of answers either. I thought things were over, too.

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I can't say it's good to meet people, not with how things are? But it's as good as it can be to meet you, Will. I wasn't in your experiment, no, I was in a bunker, a fake house. I won't say that I'm always going to be in the best of moods, but if we're both new? Feel free to write to me if you need to talk about anything.

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It's so odd to hear about all the experiments, when I only thought there was my own. Things keep getting more and more complex here.

Yes, it's hard to be welcoming here, but here's to new friends at least. And thank you for the kind offer, I'll remember that. If you want to talk sometime, I'm around - I don't know how far from you, exactly! I live with Scott, Leah and Saj, on Oakdale Street.