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He can have the writing supplies, then.

"Hey, what's the last thing you remember?"

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"Convincing you to give me the notebook."

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"That's not what I meant."

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"Getting ready for bed. Which kind of suggests an explanation for all this."

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"I was in a library, I think."

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"Looking for anything in particular?"

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"...No. Not that I can remember. No clues there, I guess."

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He makes a note and then they leave the cabin.

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There is in fact no car. There are tire tracks leading off in a direction that is less dense with trees than the other directions.

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"Who dropped us off here and why don't we have a note about it?" Sigh. "Follow the tracks?"

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Before they've even left eyeshot of the cabin, they find Mica's phone crushed near the tracks, and blood. It's dried but there's a lot of it, probably more than a human could live without.

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He writes that down.

"Well, that must be why it isn't safe for you to go for help alone."

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He bends slightly to pick up the phone, then changes his mind and stands back up.

"I don't... feel injured?"

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"Maybe it's not memory loss. Maybe it's time travel and the notes are from the future."

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"Then why is my phone here?"

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"Maybe everything's the future except that we get replaced with earlier versions if anything happens. Except... I don't know, it doesn't make sense, I don't think it's real."

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"Do your nightmares often feature cabins in the woods?"

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"No and it's not much like a dream but that just means it's probably weirder. A prank or an alien AI in orbit simulating ways of making first contact."

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"If it's an alien they could have just said hi."

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"If it's an alien they're either very confused or in the middle of a dictionary attack."

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"Dictionary?"

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"A dictionary is a book with the definitions of words. A dictionary attack is trying to convince someone to do something by trying everything you could possibly say or do and... resetting them afterward, somehow."

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"Throwing the book at us, so to speak."

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"They've probably tried throwing some books at us already. Or maybe they're going to. No way to know for sure but this is weird, I wouldn't expect it to be in the first hundred situations they'd try putting people in."

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