Yeah, it's a bad idea. Yeah, I should leave. But I can't just leave this girl to die when I know I can do something to help. Not with the knowledge she has on Slender Man. She can help, if not me, then someone else who has a better shot.
Wren's not going to take her far. He probably hasn't even left town. He's holding her, keeping her alive, just waiting for me or Slender Man to show up. It's what I would do. Wait for the other party to show up, then either cut a deal or cut the bait and run. If it was Slender Man, he'd do the latter. With me, I have a better shot at the former.
I'm not going to lie. I'm terrified that this is my last hurrah. But Dad's right; I gotta let that fear go. For better or for worse, I have to do the right thing. This girl saved Lizzie's life as a child, and that's not a failure. It gave her a shot at life. And that's something I owe her for, whether she knows it or not.
I'm going to go in and get her out. If I make it, I make it. If I don't...well, at least I tried. At most, I can get Mary out. That's what matters.
I'm not going to give a speech, not like last time. I either make it out of this or I don't. And even if I survive this, one of these days I'll get mine. Nothing lasts forever. All I can do, all ANY of us can do, is do what we can with what we're given.
So remember that. I don't care how you try to live. Just be sure you do, for however long you can.
Good luck to you all. Keep fighting. Stay safe. Don't let me down.
This is Ezekiel Strahm, signing off for now. Hopefully not forever.