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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 20 ~ The Unexpected Surprise

"Alright guys, what’s our plan for the play?” Skye asked excitedly as she turned towards Alex and River.

“Umm… what about we do a mystery?” River exclaimed, thinking back to all the fun times they had solving mysteries at Hogwarts.

“Oh! Oh! I know! What if we go on some kind of adventure?!” Alex stated. He’d always love the idea of doing something spontaneous.

As Skye was thinking on what they could possibly do, a sudden idea came to her. “Hmmm, those are both good ideas! What if we each write our own and place it in a hat? Then we can pick from it?”

“That’s a great idea!” River responded as they began writing on a piece of paper.

Soon after the trio each placed their paper in the hat, Skye pulled a paper from it. “Ohhhh, this ought to be interesting!” She excitedly exclaimed. “Let’s go find a stage to act this out on!”

Quote: Written by our March HINTory winner, Koumori72!
STOP! (A Short Play About Bullying)

Cast

THE BULLY - Skye
THE VICTIM - River
THE INTERVENER - Alex

The stage is bare except for two teenagers. Low lighting is used to cast shadows on their faces.

THE BULLY: You're such a GIRL - you can't throw to save your life!
THE VICTIM: I'm NOT a girl. I'm a boy.
THE BULLY: You are TOO a girl. I know you are - I saw you getting changed the other day.

THE BULLY prods them in the chest. THE VICTIM hugs themselves protectively and glares at THE BULLY. Just then, THE INTERVENER enters Stage Left.

THE INTERVENER: Hey, what's going on here?!
THE BULLY: None of your business!
THE INTERVENER: It sounded a lot like you were misgendering my friend on purpose.
THE VICTIM: Stop it! I can handle this myself!
THE BULLY: You're both ridiculous! She's CLEARLY a girl. You're just idiots.

THE INTERVENER rushes to shove THE BULLY but THE VICTIM stands in their way.

THE VICTIM: I said STOP!
THE BULLY: Why are you protecting me?! I don't need your help!
THE VICTIM: We ALL need each other's help, we ALL have issues, and we all need to just STOP!

THE INTERVENER and THE BULLY stare at her blankly, roll their eyes and exit Stage Right, no longer interested in the situation. The lights either side of the stage fade, leaving THE VICTIM in a spotlight.

THE VICTIM: They'll figure it out in their own time, I guess...

They shrug their shoulders as the lights go down completely.



“Well, that was a lot of fun, wasn’t it Alex? Do you feel better about your acting skills now?” Skye asked, as they walked out of the building.

“A bit… I guess.” Looking around, the area seemed very familiar to Alex. “Hey, isn’t this near the Café we went to when we first met?!”

“Oh, it is!! Your family is working there now, aren’t they, Alex? We should go meet up with them!” Skye jumped up in excitement. It had been a while since they were in the area, but she still remembered how much she loved the food there.

“That sounds like a great idea, Skye!” River exclaimed. With that, the trio made their way to the café.

“Hey, Rebecca!” Alex called towards his sister as they entered. “It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?”

“Oh, Alex! And Skye and River too! What have you three been up to? Why didn’t you come home for the holiday?” Rebecca responded, looking at Alex longingly.

“We’ve been so busy! I’ll have to tell you all about our shenanigans. Can we get a table?” Alex asked.

Rebecca looked suspiciously at the trio. “Sure thing! What are you all doing on this side of town?”

“We went to that theater nearby to practice a play! It was on Alex’s New Years Resolution!” River responded. They had always been fond of Alex’s sister and gotten along well with her. For some reason, however, Skye did not.

“Oh, interesting. They just let you all in to practice?!” Rebecca asked curiously.

“Yeah! I guess no one was there at the time maybe?” Alex responded. “Where should we sit?”

“How about this table right here?” Rebecca gestured towards a nearby empty table.
“This would be perfect. Thanks, sis!” Alex murmured excitedly, as the trio sat at the table. He glanced over at Skye, who has been unusually quiet during their time here. “Oh, come off it, will you Skye? It’s been ages,”

Skye shook her head. She would not forget what Alex’s sister had said to her that day. She was hoping Alex’s sister wouldn’t be working there, but alas, here they are.

As Skye was deep in thought, Rebecca came back to the table ready to take their order. “So, what will we be having to…” Distracted by a shimmer of light on the table, Rebecca lost her train of thought. “What’s under the glass?” She asked curiously.

Alex glanced up at his sister. What’s she going on about now… there’s not—oh! He picked up the glass and noticed a piece of paper folded underneath. As he began to unfold, the title of the paper caught his eye.

HINT: A History

“What’s it say, Alex?” Skye asked inquisitively.

“It’s about the history of HINT! I’ll read on…

2010
At the very beginning, multiple forums were under the umbrella of the Information Forums: Magical Theories, Welcome Center, Ideas and Suggestions, Questions, Arts & Graphics.

2017
The Book and Film Discussion Forums officially closed, and two new forums where HEXians could talk about all of their hobbies and interests was born: HINT (Hobbies and INTerests) Enterprises and Fandom Forum. The Fandom Forum as we know it today was originally two separate forums: Book Discussion and Film Discussions.

“Ah yes… HINT Enterprises,” Rebecca murmured silently to herself. Quickly, she ran to the back room.

“Where do you think she went?” Skye asked curiously. “What’s HINT Enterprises…?”

“Who are HEXians?”

“What’s a forum?”

As the trio kept asking questions about the curious piece of paper, Rebecca returned with several files.

“These may have answers to some of your questions. Read them carefully as they may be useful to you!” Rebecca said excitedly, as she placed the files on the table.

“What are they?” River asked inquisitively.

“They’re training materials from when I used to work in HINT Enterprises. They detail a lot of information regarding the forum as a whole, and the other forums that umbrella it,” Rebecca responded, as she began to reminisce about her work there.

“But… why would we need to know about this place?” Skye asked, not truly understanding what was going on.

Rebecca shook her head. “You’ll see,” she responded, as she quickly walked away from the table.

We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

This month, our poll is giving you the opportunity to share your favorite Spring things! We can't wait to hear what you think! We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until April 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!



PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.
 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 21 ~ The Oncoming Storm


River and Skye sat with Alex on his living room floor, the files from his sister Rebecca were spread out between them. Each of them was going through a brightly colored folder that corresponded to a section of HINT.

"Listen to this!" River waved one of the papers excitedly, their hazel eyes bright. "Apparently the Clubs Forum dates back to at least 2011! People could make clubs about whatever they want - it doesn't even have to be magical - and the HINT team even started helping promote those clubs a year later!"

"It's cool that they did that, but these forums don't even exist anymore," Alex frowned as he skimmed one of the pages from a purple folder. "Two years ago HINT merged the Book Discussion and Film Discussion into a combined Fandom Forum. Oh! It looks like they held a community-wide cosplay contest and movie night for the grand opening. That's actually really cool."

"Why haven't we done any cosplaying yet? Look at my hair, I can do so much with this!" River gestured at their red hair. Having not cut it since starting their adventures with Alex and Skye, it was getting rather long. Skye laughed and waved her entire folder to get their attention.

"So that's all nice and everything, but Magical Theories is even older! It was part of the original Information Forums back in 2010. What's really cool is that they've held debates and encouraged people to research their theories."

A huge crash of thunder shook the house. The trio had not noticed the sky gradually getting darker throughout the afternoon, as preoccupied as they were.

"It's a shame for it to be storming already! I thought that wasn't supposed to hit until tomorrow." Alex got up and walked to the kitchen. "You're both welcome to wait the storm out here, though."

"Cool, thanks Alex! What file shall we delve into next, then?"


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

This month, our poll is giving you the opportunity to choose accessories that may be used in later chapters! We can't wait to see what you pick! Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until May 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll responses. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!



PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.



[color=white]Edited by HINT Forums
 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 22 ~ Clubs vs. Fandom


Skye and Alex sat at the table with fresh tea, bickering about the mock debate they'd be having while they waited for the weather to clear. The smell of freshly-baked cookies lingered in the air around them, despite having already been eaten.

"No, no, no. The Fandom Forum's too new if these papers are to be trusted. You can use a challenge," She looked at the remaining folders in front of her before handing the blue one to Alex. "There, you can represent Games!"

"That's what you get for throwing an egg at my head," River laughed as they started collecting all the yellow-tinted pages surrounding them. "At least we're letting you use that folder while we debate!"
Thunder boomed outside; the storm hadn't lessened up yet that afternoon, and in fact seemed to be getting stronger. The living room had been rearranged so Skye, as judge, could sit and face both River and Alex.

"For years the Games Forum has picked someone that represents them well to wear a badge of sorts labeling them as..." Alex flipped a page, "'Gamer of the Month.'"

"True, but the Clubs Forum gives recognition to entire groups of people by honoring a club every month! They even compete against each other for the honor now."

"Well the Games Forum holds their own contests, like Gotta Catch 'Em All that was themed after Pokemon." River raised a brow at Alex's comment about Pokemon.

"So we're playing dirty appealing to our honorable judge's love of Pokemon? Clubs ran a huge contest merging Magical Creatures and Pokemon a few years ago!" Skye giggled and made a motion to have Alex make his next statement.

"Right. The Games Forum changes up what their focus is each month - sometimes it's video games, sometimes it's sports. That way no matter what there's going to be something people are interested in. In fact, if I have the pattern right, this month is about video games." He set the folder down frowning - he definitely hadn't been given enough time to argue well.

"The Games Forum limits themselves to just that - games. But the discussions and activities in the Clubs Forum can be about almost anything! They've even spent a while just discussing grilled cheese. Seems like my kind of place." River wrapped up their argument with a perfectly timed stomach gurgle.

"Sorry Alex, I think River's got you beat on this one. Grilled cheese does sound really good though! How about I make us all some sandwiches since we're gonna be here a while yet?"

We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

This month, our poll theme is on summer! Winning responses to the poll may be used in later chapters! We can't wait to see what you pick! Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until June 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll responses. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!



PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.
 

Pureblood
Ravenclaw
Check out HINT Enterprises (f/89)
1st year Student
Status: Offline
Age: 85
Posts: 780


HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 23 ~ The Hidden Room


Alex's sister Rebecca had hardly been in the room for a few minutes before she noticed the tall stack of files containing the history of HINT on the table next to River. Seeing that the stack had caught Rebecca's eye, Skye jumped up to greet Rebecca. "Yep, we've finished the lot! It took a while, but we've been through everything you've given us."

Rebecca squinted at the three friends, then widened her eyes joyfully as a grin spread across her face. Clearly excited, she shared her idea. "You might think you know it all, but there's a lot more to HINT than it seems. Why don't we make a game out of this? A scavenger hunt, perhaps?"

River, who had stayed silent since Rebecca arrived, perked up at hearing about the possibility of a scavenger hunt. “What would we be searching for, exactly?”

“Legend has it that there is a secret treasure hidden somewhere in HINT… and all the clues you’ll need to find it, are right there,” Rebecca said, gesturing to the stack of files on the table.

Alex narrowed his eyes and spoke to his sister. “How would we even know where to start? I mean, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, HINT is huge. It could be anywhere.” While Alex was still talking, Rebecca moved over to the stack of files, as if she already knew what her brother was going to say. She pulled out a thick blue folder from the middle of the pile and handed it to Alex.

“This should do the trick. And here’s your first clue: When you play this game it’ll brighten your day. You can catch more than one, and you’ll always have fun - who knows how far you will stray?”
The next day, Alex, River, and Skye were sipping delicious cups of heaven coffee at the local shop where Rebecca worked. Determined to get closer to the treasure, they divided up the contents of the blue file labeled “Games Forum Directory” amongst themselves. Before they finished even half of their coffee, Skye squealed and pointed to the name of a thread on a piece of paper. “Here!”

Skye picked up the paper to examine it more closely, then asked “What’s Pokemon Go?” River explained the premise of the mobile game, and how it can be used to capture invisible creatures out in the real world. “So, the players navigate themselves around to look for things that they didn’t know were there before! It’s a perfect way to start our hunt.” Alex pulled out his laptop, and started to search through the thread. After flipping through the first few pages, he came across this post. Before he could scroll away, River stopped him. “Wait a minute! I think I actually know this Pokemon! I’ve seen it before in a thread in HINT Enterprises.
As the trio continued talking, Rebecca stopped by their table to refill their mugs. “Looks like you’re on the right track!” she said, pouring the beautiful black beverage into their cups. “A trip to Enterprises must be in order.”


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

This month, our poll theme is X! Winning responses to the poll may be used in later chapters! We can't wait to see what you pick! Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until July 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll responses. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!



PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.


[color=white]Edited by Jessica
 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 24 ~ The Journey Begins


One week later, River, Skye, and Alex arrived at the cafe. It had taken them quite a while to figure out where they were going to find the treasure. Rebecca had refused to tell them what or where it was. She held fast to the idea that she had already given them plenty of information and that it was really their journey to take. That hadn't stopped the trio from trying. The trio worked hard at the hunt for several days before giving up, all except Skye, who had not tried very hard, still wanting little to do with Rebecca after the incident. They attempted for four days straight.

They regrouped three days later once Alex had the idea to use the internet at the cafe. They gathered awkwardly around one computer and let Alex clack away at it. They pulled up a search engine and typed in 'HINT Enterprises'. "It's a website?!"Skye exclaimed. She earned a look from another computer user for being loud. She shrugged it off; it wasn't like they were in a library.

"Well, actually, it seems to be a part of a larger website. Did someone from Hogwarts make this? Who would want to go to school all over again for fun?" Alex was a little shocked.

"Let's just stay on topic, we can look into other stuff later." River reminded Alex and pointed toward the button that said 'Fandom Forum'. "I want to see more about that!" River was excited to see what it might hold. Maybe it would even hold their treasure room or a clue to the treasure.

Alex complied and clicked on the button. It took them to a whole mess of things that River and Skye would likely understand more than he would. "Oh! A directory! Maybe it's too obvious, but it could lead to the treasure!" Skye suggested. It showed them a list of a whole bunch of fandoms. Steven Universe, Batman, Lord of the Rings, Umbrella Academy, and more.

Unfortunately, none of these threads lead to anything relating to a treasure. They almost gave up hope altogether, until Alex spotted a thread all about Pirates. Having learned about pirates, Alex's excitement grew with the find.

"Guys! I bet this will lead to some kind of clue! It has to!" Alex said excitedly. "Let's click it to see what we might find..."


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Winning responses to the poll may be used in later chapters! We can't wait to see what you pick! Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until August 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll responses. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!



PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.
 
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