While I wouldn’t call myself a computer ”expert”, I spend a good chunk everyday watching stuff on YouTube and playing PC games and. Because of this, many think I’m very “anti-social”. I still have friends, sure. I just don’t hang out with them outside of my computer screen. But, it wasn’t until recently I noticed this. My name is Mike, and I am writing this story in the hopes that someone will help me and help others trapped as well. But, it may not, and that’s what scares me.
It was a normal day, like any other old day. I was sitting in my room using my laptop. I was playing one of those “artistic games” that claim to have deeper meaning. It was about long distance relationships. And I realized something. This may sound weird, but I thought about myself and about MY relationships. Why haven’t I had a relationship? Most of my friends are (or at least were) in some kind of relationship. Was I doing something wrong? I’m I not a good enough person? I just let these thoughts consume me as I sat in my bed looking at my fan. I finally snapped out of it and decided to do something about it. I did what most stupid, lonely people do: Try online dating.
Looking back at typing “Online Dating Site” into Google, I still feel stupid for doing it. But nevertheless, I did. I looked at all the sites like “E-Harmony” and tons of other things. When one caught my eye, called “Date.Love”. I clicked on it, laughing until I was left gasping for air. The title was so stupid; I couldn’t help but look into it. It took me to a website with a pink background and a heart at the top. Inside the heart read, “Find your lover!” It was nice to see how unoriginal the site was. I looked at the text below that heart. In bold pink letters, it read:
“Welcome to Date.love! We hope you find the love of your life using our site. We already have many lovers active. We hope you we become one of them <3”
I was surprised how short it was. Not telling you anything about the website, just some random junk about how I should join the site and find love. I didn’t trust anything, so I went back to Google on a separate window. I searched “Date.love” into the search, but I got few things related to the site. First was the site itself, the second was a YouTube video called “Thanks Date.love <3. I went to the video made by an account named “FunLove4U2”.
The video was a video from a crappy camcorder. It was a married couple talking about how much the site helped them find each other. It was 8 minutes of just this. Then they stopped talking for a few moments, and then the women reached out and turned off the camera. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try the site. I went back and clicked the button labeled “Become a lover”. I filled out a survey asking usual questions like age, gender, phone number, email, height, and address. But that was it. No asking what interests you have, or what kind of person you are looking for. I found this very odd, but (of course) I didn’t really care. Then it asked for a user name, but clearly said, “Do not use real name”. This was when I noticed something weird with the website.
I went back to Google and researched the site’s name. I still couldn’t find anything new, just articles with the words “Date” and “Love”. I went back to the site and entered the user name I use for all my sites (YoshiKoopa) and then it asked for a profile picture. So I took a picture from my album of me at a convention. A text box popped up saying,
“Thank you new lover. A lover for you will be here shortly. Enjoy your day <3”.
I sat there looking at the screen for a few moments staring at the text. What was with this site? Why did it keep saying “lovers”? I finally got up and turned on the TV in the living room.
The next day, I was playing “The Impossible Quiz”, a game I played a ton but never actually beat. But I got an email from Date.Love telling me “Someone has asked you out!” And it gave me a link to my profile. I clicked it since I had closed the window in the morning. I looked at a pull down bar labeled “SonicDashR4”. I clicked it and it dropped down to reveal the message sent by the person.
SonicDashR4: I like Yoshi too; he is one of my favorite Mario characters! You look cute too!
I was flattered that someone said such a nice compliment, even if it was “you’re cute”. I wrote back as nice as I could:
YoshiKoopa: Thanks, Sonic is awesome too.
SonicDashR4: Do you want to meet up? I like fast food places!
YoshiKoopa: Sure! There’s a T.G.I Fridays near by. We could meet tomorrow at 3. That sounds cool?
SonicDashR4: Yeah! Sounds good! Where is it?
I went to her profile and saw her profile picture. She was a nice looking girl with red hair. She was standing next to a Sonic Adventure 2 poster in what I believe is her room. That’s all I could see since it was a face shot and not a full body shot. I looked at her address and saw she also lived close by to both the restaurant and my house as well.
YoshiKoopa954: Go straight and take right near Turtle Lake, you should find it.
SonicDashR4: Wait! I know where that one is! See ya there!
I got ready the next day and went early. I was just so excited. Yet, while I was driving to Friday’s, I remembered how weird the site was. With the title, the way it talked. It was just so creepy. Was this girl creepy too? Was she some demon sent to kill me or something stupid like that? But, I got rid of all worry just in case she was a normal person.
When I got there, I sat in the seat inside waiting for her. When I looked out the window, saw her come out of her car, and she walked in. She looked over and saw me and said, “Hey, you must be YoshiKoopa!” I replied with “Yeah! And your SonicDash?” We got a table and talked for a bit and discussed some stuff. Her real name was Maggie, and she was saying how she felt weird with the site like it did. Apparently she was a big Sonic fan, hence her user name, and also liked the Kirby games. Mostly Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which was one of her favorite games. Then she said she had to go somewhere and didn’t realize she would be here so long. She paid her half of the bill, and said how she would be happy to do this again sometime. I finished my lunch and paid the rest of the bill.
We went on a few more dates over the next few months and became great friends. We even went to a video game contest held by a local fair. It was tons of fun!
Then one day, I was talking to my friend, PJ, on a chat room.
YoshiKoopa: Hey dude!
LinktothePJ: Sup, where have you been? We havent chatted in a while.
YoshiKoopa: Sorry, been on some dates with someone. Her name is Maggie
LinktothePJ: WHAT?! Phhh! Plz!
YoshiKoopa: No, not joking. I found her on a Dating website
LinktothePJ: Any dating website matching you is a work of GOD! XD
YoshiKoopa: Here’s a link: Http//www.Date.Love
LinktothePJ: :O wow, its real. Maybe I should try?
YoshiKoopa: XD THANK YOU! Maybe you should!
Then I heard the doorbell ring. I went to the door and opened it. There was Maggie, looking a bit scared. She told me, “Someone is stalking me.”
I stood there in silence, not knowing what to say. Was she joking? She looked scared I said, “Why do you think-“
She interrupted me, “I saw a face in the window and he was staring at me while I stared at him. Then he left like nothing happened.” I was shocked and stood there quiet. I finally said, stumbling, “Do you…need help?” She looked at me, like I was crazy. There was another silence, until she finally said, “Thank you! I knew you would help!”
She quickly ran into my apartment and went to my computer on the coffee table. She clicked my Date.Love window. I said, “Um, what are you-“ She interrupted me again and said, “It must have something to do with the website. Ever since this we started going out, I felt like someone is always…” she paused. “Wait.” She clicked the “Help” section at the top bar on the screen. It was another drop down window, this time saying “Date.lovehelp”. So we sat and started a chat with the help user. The weird part was how fast the user would answer, like Cleaverbot.
YoshiKoopa: Are you stalking SonicDashR4?
Date.lovehelp: What do you mean?
YoshiKoopa: She said someone is watching her.
Date.lovehelp: I am sorry. We are not. Very sorry <3
YoshiKoopa: Who is “we”?
Date.lovehelp: Who is WE?
YoshiKoopa: You said, “We are not”
Date.lovehelp: So I have! “We” is the other lovers!
YoshiKoopa: Stop saying lovers! What does it mean!
Date.lovehelp: lovers are our users, we are sorry to disturb you, Mike.
I stopped. And so did Maggie. I looked at the screen in shock.
YoshiKoopa: HOW DO YOU KNOW MY NAME?
Date.lovehelp: You told us your name, YoshiKoopa.
YoshiKoopa: No, YOU SAID MIKE! HOW DO YOU KNOW MY NAME?
Date.lovehelp: I was happy to help! Have a nice day with other lovers! <3
YoshiKoopa: WE ARENT DONE!
We waited for “them” to post again, but after 5 minutes, there was no reply. Maggie said, “I’m going to go. Want to try again tomorrow?” I slowly nodded and she left the apartment to leave me staring at the chat.
I eventually went to bed, and woke up the next day. I had a waffle and some milk and went to the laptop. Still no reply from the help user. But that’s when I remembered the chat room PJ and me started before Maggie came. I went back to see what he posted.
LinktothePJ: Dude, I made one XD no joke! Link2thePJ is now a Date.love “lover”
LinktothePJ: Hey, you still on? Random date with your new lady? Ton of luck!
LinktothePJ: I guess you really are! You didn’t even leave the chat!
LinktothePJ has left the chat
LinktothePJ has entered the chat
LinktothePJ: Know you’re gone, but some girl asked me out! XD
YoshiKoopa: Sorry, you were right Maggie came over for something
LinktothePJ: Say no more! Going on date now. See ya!
LinktothePJ has left the chat
YoshiKoopa has left the chat
Maggie came back and she told me she searched every Search engine she could to look for more about the website. All she found was the same video I did. So we both watched it again, still as cheesy I remember.
She scrolled down to the comments, something I didn’t do. No comments. The video had 300 views, which isn’t a lot. And the channel had 3 subscribers. We clicked the Funlove4U2 channel logo and looked at the videos they made. Only three. One was the mentioned video. One was a fireworks show at Epcot. The Description said they went there on vacation.
The last one was a weird update. It was a thumb over the camera. And the woman was talking. She kept saying how her husband was on a business trip, so he wouldn’t be back for a week. But the video was posted a year ago, so this didn’t matter.
But, at one point she said, “Yeah. Anyways, the site is a joke. Date.Love, I mean. It was a pretty dumb site…yeah…umm. Sorry, I didn’t know at the time, I was stupid. It…freaked…freaked me out. My husband, and me…um…we love each other, sure but…umm. Huh? (Leaves room for a moment) Oh sorry, something moved….yeah…” Then she went back to talking nonsense. After the video, Maggie said, “She said the site was freaky. What does she mean?” I couldn’t answer. That was until I heard something on the computer. It was an alert, meaning someone went in my chat room, so I clicked the chat room.
LinktothePJ has entered the chat
LinktothePJ: DUDE ANSWEAR BACK NOW
YoshiKoopa has entered the chat
YoshiKoopa: Yeah dude what happened?
Maggie said, “Who’s Link to the PJ?” I answered, “My friend PJ. He got an account, too.” I showed her the other posts in the chat room and she understood. Then we checked PJ’s new post.
LinktothePJ: I went on my date and the girl never came but this dude came and he told me stuff like “She couldn’t make it but its ok!” but he was so weird! He was like a normal guy and he always smiled! Its like he was scared of me! But then I said who he was and he left the place and started running into the woods. I followed him and he started to run faster and I couldn’t keep up, so I lost him and came back. But I keep seeing stuff move and it’s freaking me out!!
YoshiKoopa: What was he wearing? Like a t-shirt?
LinktothePJ: Blue tee with a heart. Why?
YoshiKoopa: Anything else?
LinktothePJ: I’ve told you everything that happened! That’s it, nothing else.
YoshiKoopa: sorry dude, its just me and Maggie think something’s up.
We waited. No response
YoshiKoopa: PLEASE ANSWEAR
Lover 3689 has left the chat
I sat there. Staring in silence. Maggie was about to say something when her phone beeped. I looked over at the text. It was a notice that her garage door opened at her house. She ran out of the apartment only saying “Sorry I have to go! We get to the bottom of this tomorrow! Sorry, but someone might be breaking in!” I once again found myself staring at the computer. Looking at the post. Confused.
I woke up lying on the couch, with the computer still on. It was still dark out, but I didn’t bother to check the time. There was still nothing from PJ. Or whoever left the chat. I tried to think of what to do. I thought of one option. I walked back to my room and put the laptop on the desk. I went back to the website and click the help option again:
YoshiKoopa: What happened to PJ?
Date.lovehelp: Who? No lover has that name!
YoshiKoopa: Save it, I know you know his name. Like how you know my name!
Date.lovehelp: I’m sorry! We do not know a lover with that name!
YoshiKoopa: What happened to Link2thePJ?
Date.lovehelp: He was a very elite lover. We made a new league for him. With other elite lovers. Would you care to be one? We wanted to ask first! <3
YoshiKoopa: I’m not playing your game. Where is he?
Date.lovehelp: Our elite lover location! Would you like to be an elite lover?
YoshiKoopa: I TOLD YOU NO! WHERE IS HE?
Date.lovehelp: Well Mike, I see you won’t give up. Would you really like to know? We will tell you.
YoshiKoopa: Yes I would. And again with this we! Just tell me, you sick demon!
Date.lovehelp: How about we show you? Much more fun right?
YoshiKoopa: No just tell me!
Date.lovehelp: Thank you for using Date.Love. Have a nice day! <3
That’s when I was to frighten to type. He was doing it again, ending the conversation before it was done. What do I say? Will he respond? I got myself together and typed:
YoshiKoopa: Yes, show me.
My screen went black, and then I blacked out. I woke up with my head lying on my keyboard. The light from my window shined through my dreary eyes. I looked over at my alarm clock near my bed. It said 0:00, which is what it says when I reset it. This made me jump and run towards it. I checked the back of it. It was still plugged in, and no matter what I tried it wouldn’t turn on. The doorbell then rang. I slowly walked to my apartment door, and I opened the door. There was a person standing with Maggie. He was wearing a green shirt with a pink heart. She said, “Welcome to Date.Love’s Elite location! We hope you and your lover enjoy your new life.” She left and left Maggie and me alone. She looked at me, smiling.
After a few moments of silence, I said, “Maggie? Do you know what’s going on?”
She stared at me, and then smiled. She said, “Who cares? We are finally together! No more conspiracies, no more anything!” She hugged me, and kissed me on the cheek. And I hugged her back
We now lived together, in my apartment. With other people who used the site right next door in the houses they live in. or, used to. I even saw PJ, and his date he found. But, this place isn’t what it seems. You might think it’s a dream come true, but its not. It is perfect, but in the worst way. It may not even be bad. it just doesn’t feel right. Please, if you find this website, get to the bottom of it. Don’t fail like I have. For all I know, I’m typing this on a computer that wont even reach anyone in the real world. And that’s what I’m afraid of…
Credit To – Braden .O/ The author