History Literature / PenPal

9th Jan '18 11:34:36 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Veronica, after the stalker hits her with his car.]]

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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Veronica, Veronica after the stalker hits her with his car.car. Dathan can't even tell if she's laying on her back or stomach.]]
19th Dec '17 10:37:05 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* CynicismCatalyst: By the end, Dathan is left embittered, cynical, and guilty about the whole ordeal and how many lives were ruined because they were close to him. [[spoiler: He wants to believe that Josh is in a better place, but he knows it's just a dream. He reflects on how there will never be any justice or vengeance for what happened 10 years ago and decides that the world is a cruel place, made even crueler by [[HumansAreBastards man.]]]]


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* GoneHorriblyWrong: All this pain and misery thanks to a simple kindergarten project.


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* SurvivorsGuilt: Dathan clearly suffers from this by the end, especially in regards to [[spoiler: Veronica and Josh. He even apologizes to Josh for choosing him as a friend.]]
19th Dec '17 10:01:36 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Veronica, after the stalker hits her with his car.]]
19th Dec '17 10:00:10 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* HopeSpot: When Dathan returns home after failing to find his missing cat, he hears meowing coming from under his bed. [[spoiler: The cries are coming from his walkie talkie. His cat never came home.]]
28th May '17 8:51:10 AM tvtroper7991
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Dathan learns about how his childhood basically ruined the lives of the people around him, specifically his friend Josh, who was taken by the stalker because of their similar appearance and was [[AndIMustScream buried alive with him by his own father]], as well as the stalker killing his pet cat, his kind old neighbor from his old neighborhood, and Josh's sister. The story also implies that Josh's family will never recover from the loss of their children and Dathan's relationship with his mother becomes strained by the fact she kept the events from him for so many years]].

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Dathan learns about how his childhood basically ruined the lives of the people around him, specifically his friend Josh, who was taken by the stalker because of their similar appearance and was [[AndIMustScream buried alive with him by his own father]], as well as the stalker killing his pet cat, his kind old neighbor from his old neighborhood, and Josh's sister.sister who was Dathan's potential girlfriend. The story also implies that Josh's family will never recover from the loss of their children and Dathan's relationship with his mother becomes strained by the fact she kept the events from him for so many years]].
26th Apr '17 5:31:18 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and only has one real line in the story.]]



* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and only was one real line in the story.]]
23rd Mar '17 12:53:01 PM 43110
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* DirtyCoward: The stalker, possibly. Whenever he directly goes after someone, he always preys on the defenseless, such as [[spoiler: a cat]], [[spoiler: a sickly old woman]], and [[spoiler: two teenagers]]. He doesn't even [[spoiler: kill one of said teenagers directly]], opting instead to [[spoiler: run her over from the safety of his car]]. Anybody who could potentially fight back, such as Dathan's mom, is left alone.
21st Mar '17 9:30:21 AM kjc609
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The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually connected as a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]].

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The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually connected as a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you the first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]].
19th Mar '17 3:20:04 PM ThePest179
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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: [[spoiler: The stalker kills Dathan's pet cat.]]
3rd May '16 7:31:36 PM gfrequency
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: A couple. "Boxes" is the name of the narrator's cat and also what they find in the abandoned house, full of his clothes. "Screens" refers to movie screens as well as the screen separating the narrator from Veronica in the hospital.
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