Your interpretation of Nick completely summarized what I was going for! There will also be plenty of flashbacks (hopefully not too many) showing how MC dealt with bullying and their lack of privacy growing up.
Me: I’m going to code this whole book!
Also me: struggles to figure out how an internet forum works.
I think I’ve finally got the hang of quoting, at least! Third time’s a charm.
People’s comments have been really helpful for me to take a second look at the scenes with Nick. I still want the relationship will start strong but have added in options to have it implode sooner rather than later, especially for an MC who feels resentful. The dynamic can be a lot more combative now, if you want, and I’ve already coded some new choices!
Nick is always going to love you. Sorry, Button
I’ll definitely fix some of the issues with my summary–I just have to figure out how to do so without spoilers. Let’s just say that I’m a fan of unreliable narrators, and MC becomes more proactive after a few of their misconceptions are broken. (But not in a super saiyan sort of way. Their brain is basically the mental equivalent of bringing a knife to a gunfight, and not having a clue how to use knives.)
An MIV is (put simply) a remotely stationed strategist who helps a Ment agent while in field. People recruited for their management and planning skills, rather than the mental abilities. The next update will have a full in-game explanation.