I know a girl online. She’s witty, she’s smart, she’s talented, she’s absolutely full of joie de vivre. She graduated valedictorian from her high school, and was accepted at a prominent ivy league university, where she continues to do brilliantly in a very difficult curriculum. She’s got a high set of personal morals, and does not drink, smoke, or use drugs of any kind, even though some around her do. She’s still a virgin, waiting for the right guy. She has a quick sense of humor, she’s an incorrigible flirt, she’s quick to join in with any virtual fun and games that might be afoot. She’s recently found a wonderful guy, and they seem to be hitting it off very well together. Her mother was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, and although she’s currently doing well, the family is still very concerned about her. She comes from abroad, and her mother wouldn’t let her leave school mid-semester to come visit when she had surgery, and it’s been very hard on the girl.
Recently she’s been having trouble with a guy who won’t take “no” for an answer. She works at an animal shelter weekends, and started talking with a guy who hung around there. He was interested in her, but she turned him down. He left her a present at her dorm door. She returned it. He shouldn’t have been able to get into her dorm, so with our encouragement she reported it to her dorm head. He left another present for her, and no one knows how he got into the dorm to do it. He found out she posts to our forum and some other forums, and left her messages at these places. The post on our board could easily be construed as threatening. She reported those to her school, and the police became involved. Her father was contacted, and flew in from abroad to be with her.
A stranger posted to our forum over the weekend. This stranger informed us that this was all a hoax, and that this girl has a history of wooing guys on the net and dumping them. I didn’t want to believe it. But discrepencies I’d previously noted and ignored pushed their way to the surface of my memory again. I started to snoop.
I checked the IP# she posted under months ago, when she was posting from abroad while in her senior year at a private girl’s high school. I checked her IP# from when she’s been posting from the ivy league school. The IP#’s are identical, both out of Virginia.
I’ve been taken in completely. By a kid less than half my age, if my guess is accurate. The girl hasn’t been by in several days. I half expect that, since she’s seen the post from the stranger that calls her a liar, that she won’t be back. I feel like I’ve lost a friend. And I feel a fool.