It isn’t easy to get to, but deep on one of Exit’s hard drives, far past the taunts, far enough that he can be relatively sure he’s not MEANT to find it, Owen finds an MPEG-1 format video. The resolution is small and terrible, and it’s clearly been copied over from an actual tape.

 

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[Do not scroll down until you’ve ‘watched the tape.’]

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And there’s the answer, right there. Why Exit continues to react so poorly to him. As is usual of all people, it has less to do with who Owen actually is, than Exit’s perception of him.

His voice and speech patterns are a dead ringer for Evan DeLus’. Or at least, there’s an uncanny similarity. Enough that over a decade later, maybe that’s all it takes. It’s almost laughable, until you remember: Exit’s blind. Of course. Why WOULDN’T the doubt creep in? Children like Dea grow up terrified that their parents are always there. That no matter how far away they go, how safe they might grow, when they turn around the corner, their abuser will be there.

What happened to Evan DeLus? Is Owen, unwittingly, haunting Exit for him? Or is Exit right to be afraid?

Is he still out there?