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Wishful Thinking is one of the many stories under the Choices: Stories You Play collection.

You're an aspiring reporter, struggling to get ahead... until a shocking turn of events changes your life!

  • All Just a Dream: Chapter 1 starts with Lydia having a talk show with Ryan Summers and Cassandra Leigh, getting a Pulitzer Prize AND the Nobel Peace Prize before being woken up from her dream.
  • Alpha Bitch: Ellen. She is the lead reporter and nobody at work, even her boss Alec, can stand her egotistical attitude.
  • Animal Motif: Emus. They’re on the cover of the book.
  • Bad Boss: Alec. He can't even remember Lydia's face or name, even after she got hit by a lightning, and has No Sympathy for any of his employees. Subverted when he realizes that Lydia does have potential for the reporter position after hearing her conversation with Anna.
  • The Cameo:
  • Cassandra Truth: In a premium scene with Maggie in Chapter 5, Lydia can outright say she's reading her mind and doesn't believe her.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: One of Lydia's love interests is her childhood friend Jaime.
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: The first thing the story tells you is that there will be flashing lights and may not be suitable for players with photosensitive epilepsy.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Aubrey's sister Liz calls him "Snobrey."
  • Former Teen Rebel: Anna admits to Lydia that she used to be this, which prevented her from getting a college education. She did a lot of social work to make up for it with the experience.
  • Gay Option: Anna Koishi.
  • Girlfriend From Canada: Chapter 5 shows that until Lydia meets Aubrey's family, they thought he was making her up.
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  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: As with all Choices characters, you can name the main character whatever you please, though the default name is Lydia Gibson.
  • Internal Reveal: Chapter 3 ends with Lydia revealing her power to Jamie.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Lydia's lifetime goal. Her father, however, fears that she won't be successful at it because he thinks it's a very dangerous job for her.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Tilly, Jinx's original owner. After she has to go to police custody, a premium option in Chapter 3 allows you to adopt Jinx the cat.
  • Lipstick Lesbian:
    • June is seen flustered and awkward around Maggie from makeup. Chapter 5 allows Lydia to help her break through that barrier.
    • Anna takes immediate interest in Lydia when they meet.
  • Love Interest: Lydia has Aubrey, Jaime and Anna crushing on her.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: Aubrey is the youngest brother of his four siblings.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Lydia wakes up in the hospital after being struck by lightning with everything in a ten square foot radius scorched while she's perfectly fine. Her boss Alec posts an opening for her replacement because he assumes she died.
  • Overprotective Dad: According to Lydia and Jaime, her dad has become depressed and pessimistic after his wife died. Lydia can hear him think that she can't be a reporter because it's a dangerous career and she won't be successful at it.
  • Precious Puppy: Chapter 4 allows Lydia to rescue a stray puppy off the street with the default name of Opie.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In-Universe, Lydia is this. Until she got her powers, she was just another wallflower writer for the studio, but once she started doing field reports and getting buzzworthy stories, she's the talk of the town to Ellen's chagrin.
  • Shipper on Deck: Chapter 5 allows Lydia to give dating advice to Maggie which allows her to set her and June up together.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: One of Lydia's new powers involves being able to understand animals' thoughts.
  • Telepathy: Throughout Chapter 1, Lydia hears what sound like tiny whispers from a person after a little shock. After getting a full blast of lightning, she can now read minds. Chapter 3 lets her know it also transcends species in reading Jinx the cat’s mind.
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