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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Josh and Dantan.

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* DeathOfAChild: [[spoiler: Josh's fate.]]



'''''Pen Pal''''' started as a series of short stories by Dathan Auerbach about the childhood of one young man (unnamed in the stories, called "Dathan" out-of-universe) that were posted as an online horror story on Website/{{Reddit}}. It quickly drew popularity from its readers and soon there were illustrations, audio recordings, and short films made of it. Then it was revised and expanded to be turned into a full length book.

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\n'''''Pen Pal''''' ''Pen Pal'' started as a series of short stories by Dathan Auerbach about the childhood of one young man (unnamed in the stories, called "Dathan" out-of-universe) that were posted as an online horror story on Website/{{Reddit}}. It quickly drew popularity from its readers and soon there were illustrations, audio recordings, and short films made of it. Then it was revised and expanded to be turned into a full length book.


* AbhorrentAdmirer: The stalker towards Dathan. While we never see him in face to judge him as unattractive [[spoiler: until the end at least]] his obsessive personality surely makes him monstruos.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The stalker towards Dathan. While we never see him in face to judge him as unattractive [[spoiler: until the end at least]] his obsessive personality surely makes him monstruos.monstrous.

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* DirtyOldMan: The stalker. A pedophile with an extreme "romantic" obsession on a young child.


The original Creepypasta can be found [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Penpal here]].

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The original Creepypasta can be found [[http://creepypasta.wikia.[[https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/Penpal here]].


* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and only says one word in the story: "Hello".]]

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* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and identified. In fact, he only says speaks one word in the story: entire narrative: "Hello".]]


* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and only has one real line in the story.]]

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* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and only has says one real line word in the story.story: "Hello".]]


* CatScare: Dathan and Josh are chased through the woods while trying to make their map, at one point running in circles and eventually hearing what they think is a stranger coming towards them. It turns out to be a deer.



* 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.]]

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* HopeSpot: HopeSpot:
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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.]]



* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Mrs. Maggie, a kind old woman with Alzheimer's that lives next door to Dathan and sometimes gives him and Josh presents, is ''very'' brutally murdered by the stalker so he can hide in her house to be closer to his target]].



** The [[spoiler:death of Miss Maggie. We don't get any graphic detail, but her body came out in ''garbage bags.'']]

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** The [[spoiler:death death of Miss [[spoiler: Mrs. Maggie. We don't get any graphic detail, detail of what the stalker did to her, but her body came remains are carried out of her house by the authorities afterwards in ''garbage bags.'']]''several bags'']].
** Whatever the stalker did to [[spoiler: Josh in the two years he held him captive. Dathan doesn't even want to hazard a guess]].



* RedHerring: At the beginning of ''Screens'', Dathan brings up a kid named Alex who had a crush on Josh's sister Veronica and wants Josh to tell her for him. Aside from asking Veronica if Josh ever actually told her about him, Alex is never mentioned again and served only to segue into the subject of Veronica.

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* RedHerring: RedHerring:
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At the beginning of ''Screens'', Dathan brings up a kid named Alex who had a crush on Josh's sister Veronica and wants Josh to tell her for him. Aside from asking Veronica if Josh ever actually told her about him, Alex is never mentioned again and served only to segue into the subject of Veronica.

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* ForWantOfANail: Near the end of the narrative, Dathan muses sadly that if he had let his balloon go on that long-ago day in kindergarten a few minutes later or a few minutes earlier than he did, none of the next decade of horror and misery would've happened.

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** [[spoiler: Despite being badly mangled, it initially seems like Veronica will survive her injuries. But she eventually succumbs to them.]]

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* PoorCommunicationKills: There isn't a single tragedy that occurs in the story that couldn't have been averted if Dathan's mother hadn't just told him what was going on.


* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:The stalker. He goes after several of Dathan's loved ones, including his potential girlfriend, for no other reason than that they are close to him. He even kills his ''cat''.]]

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* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:The stalker. He goes after several of Dathan's loved ones, including his potential girlfriend, girlfriend and even his ''cat'', for no other reason than that they are close to him. He even kills his ''cat''.him.]]



* DepravedHomosexual: The stalker is extremely fixated on the young male narrator.[[spoiler: So much that he arrives to kill his potential girlfriend seeing her as someone who could take him away from him]]

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* DepravedHomosexual: The stalker is extremely fixated on the young male narrator. [[spoiler: So much that he arrives to kill his Dathan's potential girlfriend seeing her as someone who could take him Dathan away from him]]him.]]



* EvilIsBigger: [[spoiler: The only accurate description we get about the stalker is that he's even bigger than Josh's father.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Dathan and Josh end up at the spot with the pool float, Dathan notes a deep hole that wasn't there the last time he found himself there. Years later, [[spoiler: the stalker would have Josh and himself buried alive.]]

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* EvilIsBigger: [[spoiler: The only accurate description we get about the stalker is that he's even bigger than Josh's father.father, who is a pretty big man himself.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Dathan and Josh end up at the spot with the pool float, Dathan notes a deep hole that wasn't there the last time he found himself there. Years later, [[spoiler: the stalker would have Josh and himself buried alive.alive in that very hole.]]

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* EvilIsBigger: [[spoiler: The only accurate description we get about the stalker is that he's even bigger than Josh's father.]]


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* VillainousCrush: The stalker has this for Dathan. Being him an adult and Dathan a young child makes everything more nightmarish.
* WouldHurtAChild: The stalker is a psychopathic pedophile who loves to stalk very young children whom he feels attracted to. [[spoiler: At the end, having failed to get Dathan, he kidnaps Josh as a replacement and manipulates his own father to bury them both alive. It's also disturbingly implied that before that the stalker probably molested Josh.]]

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The stalker towards Dathan. While we never see him in face to judge him as unattractive [[spoiler: until the end at least]] his obsessive personality surely makes him monstruos.

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