In a very upper-class neighborhood, there is a powerful social clique known as the Swans. The Swans consist of four of the neighborhood’s residents. They are all very rich, very tall, very beautiful women. Their names are Fawna, Miona, Nella, and Tabeeza.
The Swans are very popular. They influence the opinions and fashion styles of the neighborhood’s other residents. The Swans are always invited to the most exclusive parties. All the neighborhood’s other female residents want to be Swans. All the neighborhood’s male residents want to be with the Swans.
Keeka wants to be a Swan. She badly craves all the things that come with being a Swan: power; popularity; envy from others; resentment from others; and so on. Since moving to the neighborhood over a year ago, Keeka has been focused entirely on her goal to become a Swan.
Keeka is a candidate for Swan membership. Typically, the Swans refer to Swan candidates as Ducklings. However, for unspecified reasons, the Swans refer to Keeka as an Ugly Duckling.
Unfortunately for Keeka, Swan candidates have to go through a grueling, mandatory hazing process in order to become Swans. This hazing process involves lots and lots of torture from the Swans, and having to do whatever the Swans tell the candidate to do. Since Keeka became a candidate for Swan membership, the Swans have subjected Keeka to all kinds of horrible experiences.
At the moment, Keeka and the Swans are sitting in the back of a moving limousine. The limousine is heading out of their neighborhood and toward the neighborhood that Keeka grew up in. A very special event is going to be taking place in that neighborhood tonight. Keeka is dreading the event.
At the moment, Keeka is wearing a plastic pig nose over her real nose. As part of the hazing process, the Swans are requiring Keeka to wear the plastic pig nose over her real nose for an entire year.
Keeka also has derogatory comments written in all capital letters on her forehead, cheeks, and chin. On her forehead is the word “LOSER”. On her left cheek is the word “SLUT”. On her right cheek is the word “FAILURE”. On her chin is the word “WHORE”. The Swans drew those derogatory comments on Keeka’s face, using a pen containing ink that is very, very difficult to remove once applied. The Swans did this as part of the preparation for the event that Keeka and the Swans will be attending tonight.
“Please don’t make me do this,” Keeka says.
“Remember, if anyone there asks you about the words on your face, you have to tell them that the words are permanent tattoos that you had to get because you lost a bet years ago,” Nella says.
“And you also have to tell them that you can’t afford to get the tattoos surgically removed because you make so little money at your job,” Fawna says.
“And you have to tell them that your job is cleaning up after elephants at a zoo,” Tabeeza says.
“And if anyone asks you about your relationship status, you have to tell them that you were briefly married, but then your husband left you for an attractive woman,” Miona says.
“Please don’t make me do this,” Keeka says. “I’ll do anything else you want. I’ll eat nothing but peanut butter for an entire year again. I’ll drink toilet water again. But please, don’t make me go to this event!”
“You’re going to this event, Keeka,” Fawna says. “If you don’t, your Swan membership candidacy will be revoked.”
Keeka wants to be a Swan so badly. “Okay,” she says. “I’ll go to the event.”
Later, the limousine arrives in front of a large ballroom located in the neighborhood Keeka grew up in.
“Here we are, Keeka!” Nella says. “It’s time to attend your high school reunion! I can’t wait to see the looks on all the other guests’ faces when they see what you’ve become!”
“I’ve been looking forward to this all week!” Fawna says.
Keeka and the Swans get out of the limousine and go into the ballroom.