This story is presented in Fake Visual Novel Vision. (Choices are marked like this), and the ones that I Fake Pick in the Fake Visual Novel are >(marked like this).
Once again, we are all called to the gymnasium first thing Monday morning. There are more people here this time, but I don't see any teachers this time. Or either of the ones I know, anyway.
There are twice as many people. What's this about? I asked Virginia, but she just grinned and said she couldn't tell me.
Someone steps up to the podium. That's Virginia's brother, isn't it?
A magical initiation ritual?William
Good morning, everyone! My name is William Danson, and I am your incoming senior class president. But for the next week, half of you will be calling me Sir William. Welcome to Freshman Initiation.
They could have handed those out as we entered. What a pain.William
Before we start, I am required to give you some safety information. Nothing that happens this week should cause you physical harm. If you are ordered to do something dangerous or that you know is wrong, please go to a teacher immediately.
Now, all you freshman, please line up. One at a time, come up on stage, announce your name and where you came from, and receive one of these Initiation Handbooks.
Students dutifully shuffle along, announcing themselves one by one. Some of them I've already met, some names are new. Suki Sato, Jamal Meer, Pastel Rao, Luke and Logan Phifer...
Then it's my turn. After I state my name, William hands me a stapled-together paper booklet. Inside are a bunch of rules and a list of all the members of the senior class, complete with black-and-white pictures and full names.
According to this, we're required to memorize the names of all the seniors, and throughout the week we have to address them as Sir or Lady Whatever.
And there's more. We have to memorize a silly poem and recite it on command. We must never show our backs to a senior. We must never be taller than a senior. We must always respond to requests with -
Wait. William's at the podium again.
He steps away from the podium while we freshmen look at each other nervously. The seniors start to move around the room, poking and prodding and calling out orders.William
Now, as well as serving and honoring the entire senior class, each of you will become the property of one particular senior.
Your senior is your master, your best friend, your worst nightmare, and your only protection from the rest of us!
Stand and wait and we will choose.
I haven't stood up. I don't think I want to. Ellen and I end up kneeling, back to back, and watching as the sharks circle.Senior Girl
You're taller than me, FRESHMAN! Get down on the ground!
Don't turn away from me, FRESHMAN! I see your back!
I look up to see Damien standing over me. Of course, he's an upperclassman. And this must be what he was saying would happen the next week...You.
(Take his hand and stand up)Damien
Mary Sue. I think you should be mine.
But then I might be taller -
It's all right, you're with me. You don't have to worry about the rules if I'm with you.
Only what I say matters. Here, take my hand. I'll help you up.
>(Take his hand)
(Stand up on your own)
Well, he's not yelling at me like the others? I take his hand. He pulls it up. It hurts a little.
I said I'd help you up. You still have to make an effort.
Sorry... I'm a little nervous...
That's perfectly normal. I'd like to take you outside, just far enough so the other seniors can't see you. Then you can plan your week.
(Leave on your own)
Damien frowns and looks deep into my eyes. I don't think he likes what he sees.Mary
I'm terribly sorry, but I've picked you. It's too late for any of the other seniors.
That's not it.
Um. What do you want, then?
So, William's the senior class president? He's in charge of initiation? And there are some...questions I have about it...
That's why he gave you the handbook.
I read it.
He walks very slowly toward William. Staying behind him takes more work than going ahead...but I manage.Damien
I know William. I can introduce you later.
It's better to get these things settled early.
This isn't exactly the best place for a chat.
I know. But he's here, now.
...fine. Better if you follow me.
William stands up. He was kneeling down over Ellen. She's lying face up on the floor. Why is she smiling?Damien
He's pointing at me.Damien
This has some questions for you.
William says something to Ellen. She gets up and walks away.
(Can I leave?)William
Read the manual.
Fine, what is it?
(Who gave you the power?)
>(What if I don't...?)
William turns and walks away from me, which is weird because Ellen isn't in that direction. I think he's trying to make me feel bad?Mary
So there's all this stuff we have to do, plus anything our seniors order.
What if I don't?
What if you don't what?
All of it. I won't face the seniors, I won't crawl for them, and I won't follow any of their orders. What happens to me?
You mean, other than everyone hating you?
I won't let you into the party.
Oops! I just told you about the secret surprise party that your entire class will be at this weekend. But it's not secret to you anymore, so I guess you can't come. Sorry!
Oh. Well. Does that mean I'm out of the initiation?
I walk out. I guess the seniors who haven't left yet are having lots of fun, because nobody tries to give me any orders.Damien frowns in his pitiable way.
Now, what did you have to go and do that for?
I'm sorry, I don't want to belong to you.
I was going to treat you nice!
It doesn't matter.
Damien shows his fangs.
Oh, you like it rough?
I like to own myself. Look, whatever, just leave me alone.
Oh? What happens if I don't?
Pretty much the same thing as when you bully people without a ceremony, actually!
Look, maybe it's best if we just act like we never met.
No problem, you were dead to me several minutes ago.
When she and Virginia get back to our room, Ellen is staring at me as if I'd eaten her dessert.
They both stare at me for a while. Then they look at each other, and silently agree that I'm not in the room.Ellen
William told me you refused to participate in initiation.
You heard it.
Why would you do that?
I don't know, maybe bullying doesn't feel any better when it's organized and the teachers let it happen?
It's not bullying!
William worked really hard for weeks to set this up!
Okay. Ellen? I know you're enjoying it, but they're making us suffer for their jollies, and that is what bullying is.
Virginia--what does that have to do with anything?
It's an awkward evening to be in the room with them.
This approach loses you one point each from Ellen and Virginia. Thirteen-year-old me would consider that a good thing, because Ellen and Virginia are wrong. He probably wouldn't have pulled this off, but this protagonist is named Mary Sue.