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Don't worry. No one in the story is getting Strangled by the Red String. Maybe. Hopefully.

"Mara Nakamura, a junior at Buklanks High School, has to move in with her friend Matt and his roommate Mike due to her having to get out of her house. Mara has only met Mike in passing when she is walking around the halls of the school or the house, but she hasn't had time to sit down and talk to her. It's not like she wanted to, she thought the guy was cool, she just wasn't sure she wanted more people who could hurt her in her life. Matt has always warned about "the kid next door", Axel Cervantes, saying that he was bad news, and that she shouldn't talk to him. She didn't mind, like said before, she didn't want more people in her life. Until one night at 3 am, Mara finds herself sleepless after a nightmare. She makes her way outside and happens to run into Axel, then Mike starts actually trying to talk to her. Will she follow her own heart and go for who she wants? Or will she let other people control her into how she feels?"
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Let The Red String Lead is a Wattpad story by Watermelon Caticorn. It is based of the Intertwined series that they co-created with IAmHoussem17. The story still features the six protagonists but it is primarily focused on Mara, Matt and Mike. It also introduces some new characters and has a different narrative and setting.

It is currently ongoing. Some chapters were also rewritten.


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  • Abusive Dad: Mara's father Jack doesn't get any better here. In fact, Mara has frequent nightmares about his abuse that each end with her death at his hand.
    • Axel's dad is also this.
  • Accidental Pervert: While getting changed to go with Axel and Eric at night, Mara forgets to lock the room's door. Cue Mike accidentally walking in.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While he was a jerk in Intertwined, Nate was implied to have a Hidden Heart of Gold. In here, he doesn't.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Here, Nate's actual name is Nathan and he's nicknamed Nate.
  • Adaptational Nice Girl: Here, Rose is already friends with Matt and his group and doesn't have a bad bone in her body.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Mara's confirmed to be pansexual here.
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    • While the entire main cast in Intertwined were Ambiguously Bi at most except for Jordan, Asher was confirmed to be gay/bisexual when he suddenly kissed Matt, thus making the latter question and realize that he's bi.
  • Adapted Out: A lot of characters had this happen to them: Dexter, Evan, Aaron, all parents except Mara's, Mike's and Mara's siblings, Amanda, Eliza, Mason and all the school staff.
  • Canon Foreigner: Axel, Eric and the rest of their family.
  • Catapult Nightmare: This happens to Mara whenever she has a nightmare related to her Abusive Dad.
  • Chick Magnet: When introducing Matt, Mara tells us that his hair in particular makes girls swoon.
  • Dude Magnet: Evelyn, Jordan and Rose are described as this, with the attention they receive from guys getting lower, respectively.
    • Mara herself seems to be getting this, as a Love Triangle between her, Mike and Axel is being set up. Eric also tells her she's cute and forcibly kisses her.
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  • First-Person Perspective
  • Forceful Kiss: Eric to Mara after the senior prank night.
    • Also Asher to Matt.
  • Housewife: Mara mentions that Matt told her that Axel's mother is this.
  • A Mistake Is Born: One of Mara's nightmares' has her father cruelly yelling this at her.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Mara's dreams are about her abusive father.
  • Production Throwback: Emma Fuller, who's stated to be Mara's former childhood friend, was originally planned to appear in Intertwined 2 but she was scrapped.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The chapter "I think I'm gay for you" is told from Matt's perspective.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Neither Mara nor her mom were safe from Jack's abuse.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Mara's father Jack abused her verbally and physically.
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