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Paper Trail by Delicious Poundcake

  • Recommended by: Kimnd
  • Status: Complete
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  • Pairings: Various—some are slash, but not all
  • Synopsis: Post-game. The story of the next year at Bullworth Academy told through letters and notes. Features multiple pairings, liberal use of cheesy humour and Gord being utterly FABULOUS!
  • Comments: The premise is very creative, and as a result it's not so much a 'story' so much as a look at what life in Bullworth (and a corner of Happy Volts) is like. If you're looking for, say, a Gary/Pete story, that's here but it's not the focus and it's much stronger for it. Plus, some of the less popular characters get their moment in the spotlight, like Christi and Constantinos.

Predator by Fearand LoathingXIX

  • Recommended by: Kimnd
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Gary/Lola
  • Synopsis: For an endless summer, Gary Smith has been suffering. Original cover art by Tackles. Complete.
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  • Comments: The summary for this story is excellent—it's what drew me to it, at least. Either way, that synopsis is just a hint at the brilliance this story has to offer. This is a long one, and it gives every major character a chance to show their best and worst; and as the protagonist of this tale, Gary's portrayal is fantastically (though I suspect not scientifically accurately) done. Because it's so long, it really feels like a journey that the reader takes with Gary. That might be in part because of the way the author clearly evolved their understanding of the character as they created the story, resulting one of the most unique pairings I've ever seen in the fandom. And as a bonus, Pete isn't a total pushover! Always a plus in my book.

The Chicken Isn't People (But It's Still Disgusting) by INHM

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  • Recommended by: Kimnd
  • Status: Complete[[note]]One-shot
  • Synopsis: Jimmy's first lunch at Bullworth. There is definitely something up with the chicken. Also, Gary learns the meaning of the word karma.
  • Tags: Strong language, and vomiting (it's not all that graphic)
  • Comments: This one-shot is excellent— I could easily see it actually happening in the game itself (if the main trio ever actually hung out together outside of The Plot). It's great slice-of-life fic that satisfies. Unlike Edna's chicken. *shudder*

Shiny Happy Psychos by Like.A.Puppet.Only.Dumber

  • Recommended by: Kimnd (yes, me again)
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gary is alone in Happy Volts, passing the time by inflicting mental anguish on his fellow patients - but then Pete Kowalski makes an unexpected appearance, bringing with him a world of bribery and scandal.
  • Tags: Language, minor character death?
  • Comments: This story is almost the pure essence of what I found interesting about the games distilled into a story. Pete and Gary are my two favorite characters in Bully (unsurprising, I'm sure), and Like.A.Puppet gives them equal amounts of the spotlight in this story—practically an ideal situation for me. The writer clearly has a lot of fun writing Gary, who is unapologetically evil and insane. The other main character, Pete, is also portrayed very well. It's all too common to see him written as a simpering wimp with zero backbone whatsoever. Refreshingly, none of that happens here—all of Pete's best qualities are allowed to shine here. He even teaches Gary, of all people, something! One of my all-time favorite stories.

The Suggestion Box by INHM

  • Recommended by: Kimnd (again)
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A teacher sets up a suggestion box in the boys’ dorm. That goes about as well as you’d expect.
  • Comments: Like the Paper Trails fic, this one doesn't have much in the way of plot. It just takes a bunch of fun characters and lets them bounce off each other. Really, you read the synopsis—that's clearly brilliant. Go read it.
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