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Nula: Butterflies Rise is a decision-making game that explores the experience of living with anxiety.

Inspired by puzzle adventure games of the early 90s like Myst, the surreal comedy of Flann O'Brien, and the author's experience of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Nula creates an immersive textual experience, an insight into the daily struggle anxiety can be.

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Reluctantly Nula heads toward the door. It feels like pushing against a strong current. The car, the curb, the car, the curb. The thought is stuck, it's sticky.

‘When will this just be another silly thing? Will it? Some things are worth worrying about.

‘What kind of human being would you be if you didn't?'

‘When will this just be another silly thing? Will it? Some things are worth worrying about.

‘Do the right thing. Take responsibility. Evil prevails when good people do nothing.

‘When will this just be another silly thing? Will it? Some things are worth worrying about.

‘When will this just be another silly thing? Will it? Some things are worth worrying about.

‘What kind of human being would you be if you didn't?'

‘When will this just be another silly thing? Will it? Some things are worth worrying about.

‘Do the right thing. Take responsibility. Evil prevails when good people do nothing.

Butterflies persist and panic rises, but - gradually - panic lowers, the butterflies subside to a low level, and other worries win. She goes inside.


Nula’s back in the present looking at the empty bowl of porridge, impassive. She goes to wash up. Sunlight streams into the kitchen. Alex has left a bottle of bleach touching the washing up liquid by the sink.

Nula walks over the bottle and picks it up. ‘It’s corrosive' she thinks. ‘It says to consult a doctor if ingested on the bottle. There’ll be plenty of it on the outside of the bottle.

‘So, if I pick up the detergent it’ll be on that, and ...in the sponge. It would be such small amounts that it would be harmless, though’.

‘After all, everything’s covered with everything else. But even if it caused the smallest amount of brain damage … Brain damage? Is that even a thing? If it was inhaled.

‘Like plastic. Melting plastic. It makes me lightheaded. Foggy. Inarticulate. If a small effort removes a big danger ...What’s the harm, better to be safe …'

A) Squeeze out some detergent and wash the bottle and sponge
B) Wipe down just the area where the bleach bottle is and put it in the drawer
C) Wipe down all the surfaces
D) Leave the bowl on the side
E) Just use the washing up liquid, and wash up the bowl

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