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The Girl Reborn
Sunlight blazed through the curtains, scorching my face like red, hot hellfire.
“Morning, sunshine.” A text message flashed on my smartphone, “today everything changes.”
My brain was dirt tired, beaten by the previous night’s crazed gaming till the wee hours of the early morning. I pushed myself off the couch and dragged my phone with me, wishing I had just one more hour of sleep. The message came from Shinar, a skilled content creator I met a few months ago on Reborn – the world’s largest virtual reality and the root of my sick affliction. I was a helpless addict, unable to resist the drug. I needed it, and it needed me.
“Are you coming?” Shinar beeped again.
“Ja, one moment.” I texted him.
The VR projected the likeliness of the user for security reasons. Anonymity was strictly forbidden, and if anyone got caught attempting to fake a profile, they were instantly banned. Sometimes worse, although in a virtual world, it made me wonder what “worse” could even mean. Me? I was extremely vain. I had to make sure I looked like an angel before entering the world. It was hard to say how long your next stay would be. Things went by so fast in Reborn, that one day there, could be two in the real world. There was always so much to do. Anything I dreamed of, I could create. It was impossible to stay away.
“Combing that long blonde hair, huh?” Shinar’s intuition sometimes disturbed me.
“Maybe.” I teased, placing the brush aside and taking a good look in the mirror with a deep, drawn out sigh.
I was ready to dive in the VR, but in that moment, everything stood still. I noticed my beautiful face was slowly starting to look increasingly drained. It looked like I hadn’t slept in days, or worse, weeks. The blue shimmer in my eyes started to lose its color, like a vampire lacking blood. It didn’t matter, Reborn was calling my name. There may have been a time I was free; a time when I would go out, enjoy life and all its spoils, even in the most hedonistic ways – but those times were gone. All that remained was a ghost in the shell of a girl who once knew what she was destined to do.
The VR goggles sat upside down on the trashed living room floor. I threw them off last night in rage confused by what was real and what wasn’t. That was the issue with VR. It made you question certain things your mind wasn’t ready to accept. My fingers gently trickled at the sides of the goggles with faded breath, making me wet between the legs. I knew that every time I went in, it was possible I wouldn’t see the light of day again and yet, I didn’t care.
I wanted it and I needed it. Don’t tell me otherwise.
The whole world twisted to darkness the moment I placed the goggles over my eyes and my body was paralyzed, forced not to act on the inputs of my brain circuits connected to the virtual realm. If I was ready to leave, I could only do that by disconnecting inside the VR.
“Please enter your username and password.” The login screen showed up.
‘Nyxe.’ I typed in the alternate spelling of my name and used ‘BlueEyes92xR’ for the password, waving my virtual hand across the blue, neon-lit interface.
“Login check confirmed. Welcome to Reborn.” The computer’s voice spoke with hidden allure, letting me know that was it. Any chance I had of going back? Nothing more than a fool’s hope.
PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...
Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...
Leah Brown: This was an amazing read! I was hooked from the very first chapter, holding my breadth to see what would happen next. The characters are rich and vibrant, and the world Danielle has created is fascinating. If you love YA, you MUST read this book. Such a smart, brilliant debut novel. I loved it!
GeorgeS: The author has a VERY refreshingly direct writing style. Sometimes being punched in the gut (or nose, as the case may be) can be an excellent thing, indeed. Whatever may be lacking in subtlety is more than made up for in the diamond clarity of character development. I look forward to MORE. I c...
DennisT: This is an excellent story by an author who writes very well. the only problem areas that I see relate to proofreading and editing. All of the stories by Vanessa are excellent, and I have read them all more than once. I had hoped that they would be better edited and proofread on this site, but it...
kathryncoard: I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast paced book, that kept me interested . Yes, it was political commentary, which I found to be relevant to many things happening in the world. The snippets from the journal show the " boiled frog " analogy that is clearly relevant . Interesting that peop...
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Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."