Taking place during "Glitter and Gold", Jem and the Holograms are at their breaking point. Jerrica refuses to transform into Jem. To make matters worse, Jerrica can't handle lying to Rio anymore. She has to tell her boyfriend the truth about her double life. One day, Jerrica finally tells Rio that she's had alter ego, Jem, for nearly a year now. Jerrica's revelation comes as a surprise to Rio. He reacts negatively and breaks up with her.
This fic provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: It's implied that Rio had physically abusive parents. This led to his trust issues.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Kimber pens "Believe In Yourself" several episodes early. It's from the season 2 two-parter "The Talent Search Part 1".
- Adaptational Job Change: Rio's job in Jem is hard to decipher. In Deception Unveiled he acts as Jem's manager.
- Alternate Universe Fic: Deception Unveiled is an AU where Jerrica tells Rio that she's Jem around the end of season 1.
- Breakup Makeup Scenario: Rio and Jerrica spend most of the fic broken up, but they inevitably hook back up and end up engaged.
- Curse Cut Short: Aja cuts Rio off during an argument in chapter 7.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Rio wore this style as a teenager to hide bruises.
- Out of Focus: The Misfits and Eric are off-screen the entire fic and don't make a single appearance.
- Two-Person Love Triangle: Jerrica being jealous of her alter ego Jem is a major reason behind why she reveals the truth to Rio.
- What If?: "What if Jerrica told Rio the truth during season 1?"
- Your Cheating Heart: Rio's infidelity towards Jerrica with Jem is an Open Secret that even the press knows. It gets used against Rio repeatedly. He's mad at Jerrica for lying to him, while Jerrica and her sisters are mad at Rio for cheating with "Jem". Some characters try to justify his cheating by saying a part of him knew that Jem and Jerrica were one-and-the-same.