The first thing you need to know before continuing is that I’m the co-founder and former Creative Director of Solve Entertainment - Duluth’s original and (if you believe me, my mom and TripAdvisor) best escape room company.
The second is that I’ve always loved telling stories. In fact, I got an MFA in it. But lately I’ve been playing around with combining my love of storytelling and my love of codes and ciphers.
In other words, lately I’ve been being a gigantic dork.
I’ve written a very short story that has a code buried inside it. And, if you crack the code, you’ll get a bonus, second, very short story. What I’m wondering is … can you solve it?
2 AND 5
When they came for me, I know that the thing they wanted was truth. That if I lied, even once, they would have no mercy. None.
And yet, it’s to lies I turn.
Lies come easy for me. Fast and fluid. You know I am weak. But I can, today, promise you that it’s truth they get now. I’m happy here. Things are good. Coming to terms will certainly take time. The crimes I’ve committed fill papers, volumes.
With each day that passes, you are the missing piece in my hiding heart. Place these words in yours.
Is life under the council blessed? Want the truth? Broken, I shout, YES! Carve floorboards, exult behind my bars: Yes, YES! The filthy bookshelves I filled with trash, tomorrow, burn. I let my old ideals die. I don’t believe in them now. Let these, my words, outlive time. Outlast fate.
I’ll be with you soon.
I’m yours. As run the rivers, I’m yours, Love.
SKIP CODE DETECTED: SECOND WORD. THEN FIFTH WORD.
(Let me know in the comments if it was too easy or too hard. Also whether it was cool or stupid. And, finally, let me know if you like my new haircut. I’m not sure.)