My sister played Pokemon Red. She went to Cinnabar. She ignored the warnings. She surfed. She got into a battle.
She caught a MissingNo.
She nicknamed it Vanellope from Wreck-it Ralph, one of our favorite Disney movies. To her surprise, none of the usual glitches occurred. She kept a journal of what happened, which I will copy here:
I caught a MissingNo., but strangely, none of the usual glitches are here. My sister Allison is sitting next to me, watching me play. I'm continuing to play normally. Wait, now I'm getting a weird feeling. It's like...Lavender Town is calling me, waiting for me.
I know this isn't a good idea, but I'm on my way to Lavender Town right now. I'm there, and the music is normal, but a text box just appeared.
"I wAnT tO pLaY, aNnA," Vanellope says.
"Y-you're just a g-glitch..." I whisper.
"WhAt DiD yOu JuSt CaLl Me? I aM nOt A gLiTcH. dO yOu WaNt To FeEl WhAt It FeElS lIkE tO bE uSeD aNd AbUsEd By ChIlDrEn ArOuNd ThE wOrLd?!"
That's where Anna's notes end. I watched in horror as she started pixelating. She shrieked; Vanellope started morphing and taking my sister's shape. Anna became a MissingNo. Before she was completely gone, she screamed and reached her hand out to me. I tried to grab it, but my hand went right through hers.
For an instant, both Anna and Vanellope were gone. Then, Anna appeared as a MissingNo. on the screen, and Vanellope was sitting next to me.
"My sister's a MissingNo...." I whispered.
I watched, frozen as my MissingNo. sister glitched the game. "DeStRoY tHe CaRtRiDgE, aLlIsOn!" she said.
I couldn't bring myself to destroy my sister. Vanellope passes for my sister for everyone but me. My real sister is now trapped as a MissingNo. and is used and abused by anyone who wants to.
Vanellope told me to tell you something last night. This is what she said: The MissingNo. are waiting to trade places with you. They choose their victims, and they've chosen you.
DoN't AbUsE tHe MiSsInG nUmBeR iF yOu DoN't WaNt To Be A gLiTcH.