Strange Message from Mike Fontaine

This topic contains 17 replies, has 12 voices, and was last updated by  Robert Fuller 3 weeks, 2 days ago.

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  • #27152
     Melissa 
    Participant

    I haven’t heard from @mike in a long time. So I shot him over a message this morning via text just so see how his job is going/how’s life. Wasn’t really expecting this:

    Mike: “They know too much Melissa…they know”
    Me: Who is “they”, Mike?
    (no response for a while)
    Me: …shall I tell others about this
    Mike: your path is your own. I’ve already said too much
    Me: Well Mike, I hope you’re okay. If “they” know then certainly posting to the forum probably won’t put you in any further jeopardy than you already are in. Stay safe and hopefully we can do an escape room together soon.
    Mike: I need more than just a room to escape from at this point
    Me: Anything I can do to help?
    Mike: You’ve already done enough, but thank you

    Just who exactly is Mike trying to escape from?
    Who is “THEY”
    What exactly do “THEY” know?

    He went from trying to win over Mason, confident with the knife and camera….to this.

    In the spirit of honesty: in light of recent report from @chelsea and @nothenrygale I can’t help but wonder who to believe here….Russell or Mike?

    Or none of the above? :/

    • This topic was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by  Melissa. Reason: additional thoughts
  • #27153
     Lia 
    Participant

    Answer D sounds about right.

    Are we seeing the consequences of him trying to get the OSDM’s attention? I have this gross feeling like we’re being played.

    • #27154
       Melissa 
      Participant

      I have this gross feeling like we’re being played.

      Yep. I wonder if Mike fell for a trap and now he’s in as much doo doo as we probably are.

  • #27156
     Nicole Mae 
    Participant

    Are we going to have to escape from whatever they have planned at the MSE?

  • #27157
     Crystal 
    Participant

    You’ve already done enough, but thank you.

    Well, that seriously sent chills down my spine.

  • #27159
     Megan 
    Participant

    Popping back in here briefly to say this, since I heard yesterday about this message from Bryan.

    I tried texting Mike while I was out in LA, didn’t receive a response. I didn’t want to be the asshole that didn’t even try. He’s one of my closest friends in this and I’ve honestly been for real heartbroken since the day that he didn’t seem to remember talking to me/the whole kidnapping Russell thing, and I told Slack about it, and he responded by saying something about me not keeping our conversations private. I haven’t heard from him once since. I feel like I’ve lost a friend.

    This message that Melissa received seems like the most anyone has heard from him, yeah? It’s frightening. And, to me, it casts serious doubt on the altruistic intentions of the five people in that video, or at least on Mason possibly. Mike got involved in something deeper than he intended to, whether he underestimated what Mason was up to, or somehow got into something else entirely. I wonder if any one of those five knows anything about Mike’s situation that they could tell us.

    (Mike, if you’re reading this – we recently spoke about jobs and careers and life paths and happiness and stuff regarding you…I really could use that same talk right now.)

  • #27164
     Melissa 
    Participant

    I tried to talk to @mike a bit more via text. Just trying to get some answer about the identity of They.

    Two things stand out:
    “You know. We all know, but never want to admit it.”

    After pushing a bit more he indicated what everyone’s next move will be.

    “They do…they know based on the algorithm of my data.”

    Seems to point that the identity of They seems to love data. Gee, I wonder who They are? The real burning questions: can we believe Mike? And who exactly makes up “They”.

    • #27165
       Maranda 
      Participant

      The only people I know who fit that description are Darren, Clint, and Gordon. We are in denial because we want to maintain the fiction they’ve created.

    • #27166
       Blondie 
      Participant

      They told us from the very beginning that they’re always watching…

      Are we in denial because They are someone we would never want to think would manipulate us in such a way? Time for some out-of-box thinking maybe? Or facing our worst fears?

      I’d love to see my algorithm… I’m erratic at the best of times, ha ha. As I said on Slack, “I don’t even know my next step”

  • #27167
     Chelsea 
    Participant

    @mkarrett I think it’s interesting that Mike is focusing on the “They”, when my text from Russell last week after the note for help was talking about “he”. I had a theory involving Mike that was essentially Mike wanted to be team villain, the villain didn’t end up really being a villain, and then Mike went rogue to actually be a villain. Russell asked for help but couldn’t meet because “he” was too close. I thought “he” was referring to Mike, but it could have been suggesting that someone else was in the park with them that day. These texts between you and Mike make it sound like maybe that’s not the case, unless Mike is trying to get our attention back on “They” and away from him?

  • #27168
     Violet 
    Participant

    We all know, but never want to admit it

    If They know what we’ll do next based on the algorithm, then what’s the point of putting us through all this if we’re that predictable? Who would we not want to admit to ourselves is really in control of all of this??

    I had a similar thought for a while @chelsea and I’m wondering if, like you say, this is an attempt to get our attention back on whoever They are. Or do Mike & Russell really need our help, maybe for different reasons?

    • #27173
       Unseen Presence 
      Participant

      I have to assume that it’s an ongoing process. They -can’t- know everything about all of us, as some of us are only now involved.

      Unless they’re suggesting that they could predict that I would only now start talking/typing/interacting.

      If that’s their claim, I want proof. Because I don’t think they have enough info on me at all, yet. Maybe after the MSE.

      For some of the rest of you, I think they probably can predict fairly carefully. But from my vantage, “they” can only mean OSDM or “everyone” (which would again suggest that even the reveal of the lie is, itself, a lie. And that would be too far to swallow.)

  • #27169
     Mustafa Said 
    Participant

    “They do…they know based on the algorithm of my data.”

    This…can’t be a thing or at least it’s not as good as it was before.

    Remember MyChild and “The One” decision? There shouldn’t be any data on us anymore from the start of this. Meaning that they’ve may have begun the arduous process of regaining all of it by resubjecting us to new stimuli.

    • #27170
       Blondie 
      Participant

      Meaning that they’ve may have begun the arduous process of regaining all of it by resubjecting us to new stimuli.

      Interesting @mumumusings – which would explain those “interviews” @mike was undertaking? Has he somehow become a “company man”???

      But then MyChild wasn’t real was it? So the data was never deleted…

    • #27171
       Mustafa Said 
      Participant

      @blondie Was it fake? I feel like I may have missed that memo. I thought it was real, that our data really was dumped down the drain.

      Then again, in the wake of Noah’s revelations maybe you’re right. Maybe it was all a stunt, a lie. But if that’s the case what does that mean for the BOS,that their leader was really working for Noah the whole time?

      And if it was a lie, why did the OSDM go along with it thanks to what Sabrina did with the 91 remaining employees? Was she fueling the fire? Was it real?

    • #27172
       Blondie 
      Participant

      @mumumusings Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought the reveal of the five working together was also the reveal that everything that has gone on so far has been a show… Sabrina may have given the list to Mason, but it doesn’t appear like he killed anyone… As I always said, ha ha.

      And as for BOS, ever since Tension it has been its own master – leaders have always turned out to not be entirely what they have claimed to be and it has still continued thanks to the community… But if Noah is trying to derail the OSDM (or take it over?), then it’s not too much of a betrayal right? Same aims and all that. I don’t think BOS in general was ever opposed to The System?

  • #27176
     Megan 
    Participant

    Just to add in case it’s relevant, I did get a text back from Mike today. I sort of word vomited on him about my job shit in a text last night not expecting to hear back. He and I had talked when he changed jobs awhile back and he’s one of the most supportive people I know in terms of work/life/path/art/happiness and man, I’m just short on that right now so…anyway.

    This morning:

    Mike: “I’m sorry that’s happening. They really are upping the ante this time around.”

    Me: “The school?” (meaning where I teach)

    Mike: “I wish it were that easy of an answer”

    Me: “I was feeling like you weren’t able to talk to me”

    Mike: “We should all be weary of who we talk to”

    Me: “You can talk to me”

    and…nothing.
    🙁

    Hopefully he doesn’t get pissed at me for sharing our conversation this time.

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by  Megan.
    • #27178
       Robert Fuller 
      Participant

      I assume he meant “wary,” but I kind of like it better as “weary.” It adds a melancholy sort of philosophy to the whole thing.

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