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


Photo by Wilhelm Joys Anderson / CC BY-SA 2.0

Addie is positively glowing at the compliment. Good on you for making your cousin so happy! An innocent compliment honestly goes such a long way. 

“Hey, do you wanna go on a walk or something?” Addie asks. “We’ve been stuck inside for so long that it’d be good to get out and get some fresh air. 

“Yeah, sure!” you say cheerfully. You’re glad that your cousin is here to help you get out of the house. Without prompting from Addie, you would probably stay inside all day and die of a Vitamin D deficiency. They're so thoughtful!

After the two of you pull on your shoes and head outside, the sun kisses you with its gentle beams. What a lovely day for a walk! You and Addie say nothing to each other but adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. There isn’t much nature around your cul-de-sac, so the two of you content yourselves with walking along the sidewalk, taking stock of the admirable banality of American suburbia and the people who occupy it. You guys start talking about everything and nothing at the same time — who knew you and your cousin vibed so well!

By mile two, Addie has cut the distance between you two from six feet to three feet. Uh oh! You guys are in violation of social distancing guidelines. What are you going to do?

Gently remind Addie that they need to stay six feet away. 

Push Addie to the ground and run away — tough love!