Chapter 0:

Prologue: Good Morning

The Hive Chronicles

It was one morning like any other for young Boring Teen.Bookmark here

Boring Teen had just woken up a few hours ago to the sound of the construction workers outside his home.Bookmark here

It was summer vacation for him, and it was the best time of the year to just enjoy a day on the beach, talk with friends, visit family, or, really, anything else. Even playing videogames or watching anime would have been fine.Bookmark here

But no.Bookmark here

From the very moment he woke up, he had already decided where his day would be spent.Bookmark here

He would once again choose to throw away whatever remained of his humanity, for he would dive deep into hell exactly like he had been doing since a fateful day a few weeks prior.Bookmark here

That hell, that place forbidden to man and only inhabited by both gods and devils, was none other than…Bookmark here

The Hive.Bookmark here

A group chat born from the darkest of abysses, from the most wicked mind to ever exist.Bookmark here

Boring Teen took one device from his endless supply of old phones, and opened a certain app on it.Bookmark here

That app was where The Hive was located.Bookmark here

He was fully prepared for what was to come.Bookmark here

He entered The Hive, and just as he did, he managed to gather enough courage to post one single message.Bookmark here

“Good morning!”Bookmark here

A fraction of a second later, all the screen was filled with tens of answers to BT’s message, all of them consisting of varying shapes of the sentence ‘Good Morning’. Who knew that the English language could be so versatile? Bookmark here

BT: “Hello people! I’ve woken up to this chat again! I’ll keep saying it like it’s something new when, in reality, I’ve been doing this for three weeks now!”Bookmark here

This second message was not received with as much hype as the previous one, which came to demonstrate that humans truly have very short attention spans.Bookmark here

The first to answer was none other than Tomboy Lover, a fully grown man who dedicated his life to overexerting himself writing and displaying way too much affection for fictional characters which fit the ‘tomboy’ archetype. He had gone to such lengths as to get a ‘real tomboy GF’ or whatever that translated to in real men’s English.Bookmark here

His message was something along the lines of “Go away to read my chapter!” and a very mildly funny reaction image, screenshot from some anime.Bookmark here

Because yes.Bookmark here

Even if The Hive was Hell on Earth, even if no mere mortal should have ever put a single foot into that place, it still had a purpose other than just creating monsters. It was the meeting point for authors, readers and artists of a certain web novel platform, and so everyone’s biggest priority seemed to be to get others to read their story instead of actually writing it. Like all things should be, it was perfectly balanced.Bookmark here

After Tomboy Lover had left his message, a woman named Porl was next in line. Bookmark here

She was a complete mystery, for nobody knew what kind of force had led her to use more than two emojis or acronyms in the same sentence, in a consistent way. Other than that, she was a very wholesome person with some questionable stylistic writing choices, such as the one mentioned above.Bookmark here

Porl: “Hello BT! QWQ I hope you had a good rest! OTL”Bookmark here

Nobody really knew what QWQ or OTL meant, but everyone pretended they did in order to keep their sanity intact.Bookmark here

With those brief interactions, Boring Teen had successfully entered The Hive once again. It was still 7:40 in the morning, and that meant that there was still a full day ahead of him to, once again, regret every life decision that had led him to that very point.Bookmark here

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