Under the Button is part of a student-run nonprofit.

Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on our site.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Will You Resist Your Cousin’s Sexual Advances in Quarantine?


Photo by Martin Cathrae / CC BY-SA 2.0

You’re terrified of Addie, but if the Wifi’s out, you ought to get that fixed as soon as possible. Temporarily suspending your scroll through Twitter, you open the bedroom door and find cousin Addie, freshly showered, standing in just their towel.

“Oh,” you say, “hi.” You haven’t seen Addie this undressed since you swam together as kids. Heat rises to your cheeks.

“Hi!” Addie brightly returns, ignoring your discomfort. “Basement’s that way, in case you forgot.”

“Haha,” you say, starting down the hallway towards the basement door, “I haven’t forgotten, thanks. Been living here a while.” You turn around and see that Addie’s following you in just their towel. “Uh,” you say, “you gonna put some clothes on, or?”

“Oh don’t worry about it,” says Addie coming up behind you and shoo-ing you down into the basement. “I don’t like getting dressed unless the Wifi’s turned on. And seeing your cousin in a towel every once in a while won’t kill you, either.” You shrug your shoulders and start down the stairs. Addie follows and closes the door behind you two. 

After some searching you find the router in the corner of the basement — the room’s so dark that you can barely see anything. As you’re powering it off and powering it back on, you get the sense that something’s wrong. 

 It’s just a feeling! Nothing’s wrong.

 Make an escape.