They couldn’t remember who’s idea it was. The only fact that remained was that they did it. Every Sunday, the Keeper Crew would take turns drawing straws. At the end of the drawing, the person with the short straw would have the blessed opportunity of changing everyone’s imparter passwords until the next Sunday. There were three rules:
1) You have to give everyone a hint as to what the password is.
2) At the end of the week, right before the next drawing, you must tell everyone your password.
3) Adults are not allowed to change the password.
Hint: This is all your fault, Keefe, you jerk. And now everyone else is gonna have to suffer for it.
“What does that mean?” Keefe screeched, looking around helplessly at the rest of his friends. They were all gathered in the cafeteria, as they usually did during the traditional drawing of straws and subsequent change of the imparter password. “What did I do!?”
“You’ll figure it out eventually,” said Dex, nodding gravely. “At the end of the week, we have to tell everyone what the password is, remember?”
“But...imparters!” Keefe shrieked, his eyes wide. “Come on, you’ve gotta give us a better hint than that!”
Dex pointed a finger at him, looking uncharacteristically angry. “You, dude, need to reevaluate your life decisions,” Dex told him.
Password: KEEFE IF YOU HAIL ME AT 3AM AGAIN JUST TO TALK YOU'RE DEAD!
Hint: *censored* you Keefe
“Wait, so he just told us the password? This’ll be easy.” Biana giggled, typing it in.
“It’s not the password. Fitz is evil.” Sophie responded, having already tried it.
Hint: One final fight, for this tonight.
“Wait, is that human music!?” Keefe shrieked in horror. “How am I supposed to figure out the password if it has to do with human stuff!?”
“I-I’m sure you can do it!” said Linh, trying to be encouraging. She, for her part, didn’t care very much about imparters, so it was easy to keep level-headed while the rest of her classmates broke down. “I-It sounds like one of the songs Sophie's let Tam listen to...”
“Knives and Pens,” said Tam, nodding. “How about you try that for the password?”
They did. It was wrong. “How about the next line in the song?” Linh offered. “Maybe that’s the right one.”
They tried it, typing “With knives and pens we made our plight” as the password. And that was wrong, too.
In the end, no one figured out Sophie’s password.
And it made perfect sense why.
After all, no one had taken into account Sophie’s sense of humor.
Sophie’s Password: ‘Cause you have NO TASTE.
“We’ve totally got this,” said Dex, idly typing on his imparter.
“Yep, got this,” Sophie agreed with a nod, also typing on her imparter.
After one or two tries, they were able to unlock the imparters.
Biana’s Password: SparkleSparkleSparkle!!!
Hint: My Ability and Human Song Lyrics
The group was at a complete loss. No one had the slightest clue what that meant. Or at least, right up until, at the very last second (11:00 PM on Saturday evening), Sophie just so happened to hear a song and figure it out. She didn’t tell anyone, though.
Tam’s Password: HelloDarknessMyOldFriend
“Linh has a pet murcat, right?” Sophie wondered, tapping a finger to her chin, her other hand enclosed around her imparter. “Does anyone know its name?”
Biana shook her head. “No, I don’t, but I’m sure she’d tell us if we asked!”
And, in the end, Tam told them the name of her murcat; however, it did not match up with the imparter password.
Linh’s Password: 🐈
Hint: Did you hear about the Neverseen member who got his left side cut off?
“Hey, Foster, you know the most about the Black Swan,” said Dex, approaching said girl. “Do you know of anyone who did that to a Neverseen member?”
Sophie blanched, shaking her head and waving her hands back and forth feverishly. “O-Of course I don’t!” she shrieked. “I don’t know what of Black Swan member would do something like that. I-If it’s true, I mean…”
And then, at that moment, Tam stepped into the room, pulling the door shut behind him. “I figured out the password,” Tam said flatly (and maybe a bit angrily, too). “And it’s not what you think.”