At the beginning, I was the main character from Invisible Monsters, whose lower jaw had been shot off. I figured out that by using my hand as my lower lips I could actually have intelligible conversations with people, so I got in touch with my parents, who were upset at me for not getting in touch earlier. (In the book, the main character tried, but every time she did her parents were excited about finally becoming the victims of hate-crime phone calls.)
So anyway, while talking to her, somewhere along the line it segued to a conversation real-me could have been having with my real mom. There was some sort of health newspaper and their focus was on asexuality, about how there was such a huge recent surge in the self-identified A population and so on, and there were a couple of articles specifically about real-me (some of them written by my mom). We were talking about that, and I wondered if maybe asexuality was the new bisexuality — a status which kids were taking on as something trendy even if it wasn't something they actually felt. Back in the 90s, a lot of kids were claiming to be bisexual, for one of three reasons:
- They were straight but wanted to appear open-minded
- They were straight but wanted to squick out homophobes
- They were gay but wanted to appear more socially-acceptable
Anyway, then I found myself locked in an atrium, and I just knew I was in the latest Castlevania game. The first puzzle was really hard:
After narrowly escaping from a similar fate to whoever had previously tried and failed that puzzle of mind-blowing proportions, I found myself back at home, cleaning the waste vein out of shrimp. I came across one shrimp which still had all of its organs intact — its brain, liver, kidneys, and heart. (They looked just like really tiny versions of human organs.) This seriously grossed me out so I needed to feed this shrimp to a cat instead of clean it myself, even though Emeril had always been saying how good the various organs of shrimp were, especially when spread on a cracker ("but you could put this on the bumper of a car and it would still taste good").
So I carried this shrimp around outside, trying to find Toby. Toby had run off into Delphine's construction project next door, where she was installing a very large and elaborate concrete walkway/fountain/world-domination complex. Sitting right in the middle was Toby, waiting for me. I gave him the shrimp, and he was happy.