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Veritas: The Game That Lets You Be Who You Are

Susan wasn't comfortable playing, not after Dan read that you had to name your piece after yourself, and she said so. "It's just a game," they said, and so she played. It was a game where you moved your piece around familiar if generic locations: home, the library, downtown, and places related to school: class, the cafeteria, the athletic field, and behind the bleachers.
Since it was just a game, Susan made choices she'd never make in life. That's why she skipped class with Dan behind the bleachers. When she kissed him in the game, she blushed in real life. She smoked a little, drank a little, tried marijuana. Her grades were fine, but her game-parents grounded her more than once. The consequences didn't matter to her, but her friends grew judgmental.
Susan cared less about the rules as the game continued--society's rules, not the game's. Later, when Dan's parents were away and she visited him there for a movie that turned into her first time, she gasped with the almost-real sensation of pain and pleasure deep inside her.
"Guys?" Her voice trembled. "Are you sure this is just a game?" Good kids all, they ignored the troublemaker.
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, December 8th, 2016
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