Statement Begins Edit
Lester Chang's wife was Dani Russell. Her father, Greg Russell, was fastidious but was balanced out by his wife, Sandra, who liked a little mess, thinking it homely.
Without warning, Sandra and Dani both died from a rare genetic disease a year before the statement was recorded.
Lester decided to try and keep contact with Greg so they could both support each other. However, Greg became more distant and more obsessed with cleaning. Eventually, Lester sat Greg down and told him that he should seek help, as the constant cleaning was not a good way to deal with his wife and daughter's passing. Drinking three sealed miniature gin bottles, he told Lester "There is mold in my drain."
Lester left and tried to forget Greg's problem, but he wasn't able to. He ended up booking a hotel in Manchester and started to check in on her father-in-law every day. The cleaning did not let up, and Lester found that he was starting to clean his hands several times.
Eventually Greg allowed him to use his bathroom. It was immaculate, with areas almost worn away. As he went to leave, Lester saw a small ring of purple, spongy mould around the drain of the bath and Lester imagined tendrils coming from the damp-smelling mould. Lester left after Greg appeared with wire wool yelling about privacy. Lester started to check for the mould everywhere, even letting his burger meal go cold until flies started to eat it.
Lester returned to Greg's house. He found him sitting on the sofa, wrapped up in many layers. The bathroom door had been sealed with wood and sealant, although the mould had permeated through the sealant. Greg was totally covered himself in head to foot in many layers. Lester looked into his face and saw the purple mould around the corners of his mouth and eyes and purple veins in his eyes. Lester fled.
A few days later he returned but the smell hit him again and he couldn't go in. He saw the Breekon & Hope van sitting outside his house, with the two movers removing his items from the house, and remarked that they had a depot nearby. He returned a few days later but there was no one or anything at the house.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Jonathan is moving out of Georgie's house, as he doesn't want to put her in any more danger.
Jonathan wonders why Elias gave him this statement, but decides to head to the Breekon & Hope depot in Manchester. He suspects that the two Russians are linked to The Stranger, but seem to be delivering items from other Entities as well as from The Circus.
Georgie comes in, angry at Jonathan because he is recording again. She demands to know where he has been and what happened to him, saying she has taken his tapes for possible evidence and won't return them to him. Defeated, Jonathan starts to explain everything that happened to him since he joined the Magnus Institute. He explained that he was a researcher, but when Gertrude went missing Elias made him The Archivist position, although Georgie asks why they were chosen without any qualifications.
He explains that monsters are real and Georgie doesn't seem phased, saying that she agrees as she has seen them. He confesses that he worries that he's turning into one as he gets absorbed into the statement he compulsively records. He also explains and demonstrates his ability to Compel people. He explains about the Entities, their monsters and their avatars as well as that the Institute and Elias belongs to one of the Entities and that he is bound to it too.
He explains that his hand was damaged in an interaction with an avatar of The Desolation and that agents of The Stranger are trying to start a ritual to remake reality but he needs to get more information on them.
He explains that he has several leads, including Gregor or Nikola Orsinov and various aspects of The Stranger.
Georgie believes Jonathan and asks if one is related to death. When Jonathan confirms there is, Georgie pauses before suggesting she makes a cup of tea.