Yayınlanma: 26 Mart
They told me I solved the Scoggins case. They told me my job was done. They were wrong. I saw Isaac Davner being dragged away. But the factory was running again, so I was done.
All the puzzles I was handed since felt lacking, gum always tasted stale. Like a maze with no exit, something was amiss. I couldn't take it anymore.
I took some time off, a nice vacation. Booked a passage west. Where there's snow. Where there's a lodge. Where I left something unfinished.
When I got there, it's was as if I had never left. Everything was still wrapped in puzzles, the whole town a huge question mark. It was almost as if I was in a Professor Layton game. Funny as hell, it was the most horrible thing I could think of.
The town greeted me with the warmth of a cold morning. Monosyllables and riddles, shoos and puzzles, lots of ABC gum. But the answers were clear: more missing people. All lost in the woods. Just like Isaac.
I could tell that, while everything looked the same, everything was different. There was a sense of urgency about the people. Folks who made little to no sense before had now lost all but one of their marbles. Something was going to happen soon.
I'm still not sure I believe what I saw in the woods. The Hidden People are just a bad fairytale, like the boogeyman or the shockmaster.
I have to solve this mystery. Scoggins may very well depend on it. My life certainly does.
I just hope I can stay sane long enough to do so.