PMs to Stan, Janie

After catching up on messages on the two of her computers that had been going, Sophie realized that there were two others that had stayed quiet. Interested in finding out where those led, she typed out quick, identical messages:

Hello? This is Sophie... who is this? And please, don't be crazy and talk in a different language that I don't know and then talk about torture when you DO start writing in english. I get enough of that from one of my other computers.

 - .

Stan heard the bleep from the other room and tentatively checked the computer. He still didn't really know what to think about all of this. He was having a hard time processing it all. He wanted to send a message to someone in charge, but so far two of the four outlying computers had just linked to people who seemed to be trapped as he was, and the fifth didn't seem to be able to send messages at all. he'd considered sending something through the other two computers, but logic dictated that they'd only go to others in this 'experiment' and he didn't want to be seen to be complaining. he wasn't good at complaining. But then there was the beep and he carefully read the message, which just confused him a little more. Hello. My name is Stan. I don't actually really speak any other languages very well. I took some Spanish in college, but that's all. And I wouldn't talk about torture. Are you alright?

 - .

Unlike Stan, Sophie had absolutely no problems with complaining. And she definitely had some complaints after having spent a bit of time in her room, once it actually sank in that she was alone and couldn't get out and her only means of communication was on the computers. Though better than nothing, it was no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Making an unhappy face, she sat down to reply.

Hi, Stan. I am not all right. I'm stuck in this room with no way out - it looks like a bigger version of this really awesome condo I was renting while shooting a movie down in Hawaii except I can't get out and no one is here with me. And this person on one of my other computers says we're going to be tortured - that's the person who was speaking Ukranian. I thought it was Russian, but they speak it too apparently. I just speak English and French. Anyway, torture is not in my contract, so they can't do it, right?

 - .

Heading back to the computer that just beeped, Stan read the message and picked out a reply, one key at a time. Well, being locked in a room wasn't in my contract. Kaori seems to think they can do anything. It's not ethically sound, that's for sure - she called this an experiment, but something like this would never have made it past the ethics committee.

 - .

At first we were just staying in a house. And nothing happened except, well, stuff that happens when a bunch of people live together. But then they stopped bringing food, so people kept leaving to try and find help and disappearing. And then I ended up in this rehab center, and then yesterday they put me in a house in this town where a bunch of other experiment people were, and today I woke up here. I'm so confused, I have no idea what's happening. D:

 - .

Well, I was meant to be volunteering to help people in Russia. But I ended up here and I have no idea why. Or how. I really don't know what is happening either. Or what D: means.

 - .

D: is a sad face. Turn your head to the right, the D is a big sad mouth and the : are eyes. D:

 - .

Oh, right. yes. Very funny.

 - .

No, if you wanted to say something was funny, you'd use either the big happy face :D or the silly face :P. Or the winky face: ;D. :D