Before: Part 8
I walk outside, worrying. Thomas, you’re extremely needy when your friends are gone, you know that right?
I walk over to the mailbox, opening it. A couple of letters, a random credit card ad, and a package from Joan and Talyn in Chicago.
I practically run inside, dropping the rest of the mail on the table. I rip open the paper, and there is a book, and a note.
I look over the note confused.
Thomas. I’m sorry Talyn and I didn’t send you something super interesting. This seemed WAY too important to wait. In this book, kinda like a journal, it has your, mine, and Talyn’s name in this an incredible amount of times. It also mentions Valerie several times as well. Not to mention, it talks about Patton extensively. Like, down to extreme details. Even gives a few addresses here in Chicago. I don’t know what to think of this, but I wanted to keep you updated. I’m sending it to you to see if you can make heads or tails of it.
I confusedly look at the book. It simply says “Journal” on it, with the author being “Logan Hodge”. That name sounds familiar…
I open the first page, and it seems to be a series of journal entries, small experiments, observations, and overall interesting and puzzling writings. It has my full name in it a few times, but Patton’s full name, last name and all, is on almost every single page.
The more I read it, the more confused I feel. Why are Valerie, Joan, Talyn, and I all classified as Primaries?
What even IS a Primary?
I eventually get to a part in the book which gets extremely confusing.
A “Side”, or part of a person’s singular personality, is extremely fragile. While studying Patton Sanders, I have begun to get more and more confused on the situation of having and/or controlling sides. Where does a side come from? How are they chosen? Why do some take the appearance of their host, while others do not? Are they truly sentient? Do these “personalities” have a more complicated undersides, or are they truly just a singular aspect, and, therefore, cannot change?
The data collected through Patton Sanders has been an incredible aspect within my research. However, as I only have one test subject, as Virgil and Roman do not appear to possess the necessary qualities for this experiment, this data may be flawed. I do not intend to do much to the test subject, or even to harm him. I simply need data to test one of my theories. And Patton Sanders is my key to success.
I read on, moving past some particularly well-drawn graphs to get to the next entry.
After observing the side’s behaviour, I have began to suspect that the emotional side may have a deeper side behind him. He isn’t quite what I originally thought, and Thomas has an extremely hard time focusing, unlike the others. However, some of the data suggests that Patton Sanders is somehow connected to the Primaries in an odd way. How is still to be determined.
Also, sidenote, Thomas focuses better when in an environment with less distractions. For next meeting, move to a quieter room or to a mindspace where there will be less distractions. Can I go to Thomas’ mindscape? Need to do scientific research on whether or not I can enter another person’s dreamspace.
I get concerned. I’ve never once in my life met someone named Logan Hodge, and I’ve most certainly never let someone into my mind palace. The only people who have been there have been me and my sides, and that was for a VERY short period of time.
The real question, however, is when and where did this person get this much time with Patton. Patton is like Virgil in a way. He doesn’t leave his “room” or other main areas of the mind very often. In fact, most people would be surprised how shy Patton is. It even surprises the others. He tends to over-exaggerate in the videos, but, same as all of the sides, really, he’s actually pretty chill in real life.
But, Patton has a hard time fully trusting people. He can make friends, but trusting someone with something important, like visiting his personal dreamscape? Even I haven’t been in there, and I’m his host. To my knowledge, only Virgil has been inside. And Verge doesn’t spill secrets.
So who is this person, and why were they so close to Patton?