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Dream, to Me

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
ROMANTIC SCIENCE FANTASY

Can love be found in virtual reality?

I'd like to dedicate this love story to Dolores O' Riordan of The Cranberries who sadly left us before her dream had finished.

H-J Furl xx

Submitted: May 11, 2019

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Dream, to Me

He feels lonely and unloved. Every night he surfs the internet in search of love. Will his dream come true? Or will he find despair?

He enters the shady world of Cinder, the sensational, interactive, loving site where you only have to send a sealed, virtual, kiss to encounter the love of your dreams. The website is full of human choices: reachable moments, sensational synthetic personalities, selections for him, and her, to choose from. Together with ominous, black silhouettes of dead dates, with names, ages, dates of death. Alone and vulnerable, he succumbs to temptation, views Gloria. But rejects her.

‘I’m really sorry, Gloria,’ he says.

She lowers her sad auburn head, barely managing to conceal her heartbreak, her utter isolation.

‘No problem.’

He visits Sophia and sends her a virtual kiss. To his delight, she sends him one back. They meet in ether, touch, feel each other’s love in virtual reality, tour infinity, he floats on her dead sea of love. It is night-time, the stars are shining bright, in his head. He leaves his mews apartment, holding her beaming, virtual face in the palm of his hand, he admires her, loves her, kisses her smiling face:

‘Happy, Sophia?’

‘Mm, so glad you found me. Started to wonder if I’d make it through the night. Without your love. Then you found me. Please, don’t leave me to die, like all the rest. I love you. I swear it!’

‘Oh, and I love you, sweetness, you broke my chains of loneliness and set me free. I swear, I’ll never leave you, for as long as I shall live.’

They journey down the empty streets, through deserted Theatreland, the gutters littered with detritus, the pavements strewn with litter, heaped up against the closed theatre walls. Piccadilly Circus is empty, its gigantic hoardings are blackened and silent. Subways, alleyways, roads, sealed with walls of concrete, barriers to the dying world. The store doors, plastered with signs:   

‘Warning! Warning! If You Have the Virus, Go Home and Wait for Medical Assistance!’

He breaks into a sweat. His bowels turn to jelly. He descends into panic. He flicks Sophia’s image onto a safe, if safe still exists, hiding place, makes a call, gets through to a busy-sounding medical advice centre in Hyderabad.

An Indian voice answers, ‘You’re through to Joseph at Virus Control, how can I help you?’

Shivering with dread, he asks about Sophia.

Joe asks if he can connect. He grants Joe unrestricted access to his palm. Joe shows him, visiting the web page, shows him an extremely distressing still-shot of a dead Sophia. Joe lectures him, utilising his remote cursor, showing him the trackers, viruses and malware that infected his PC. Joe offers to restore him, for £50,000, and future-protect him, £10,000. He reluctantly agrees.

Desperately, he re-enters the shady world of Cinder, in search of Sophia. All he can find is her black silhouette, Sophia’s dead face, her name, age, her date of death. He falls to the ground, dying of a broken heart.

‘Softly as I leave you.’

He hears her calling him. He awakes on a beautiful, spring morning, lying still in the country churchyard. He meets her, flowing through him, in her ectoplasmic state, in their surreal, virtual reality, country churchyard. He holds Sophia’s radiant, smiling face. They fall sleep and dream. They enter a different place to be. Her voice fades into the darkness that is the shadow of death:

‘You’re a dream, to me, a dream, to me, dream, to me…’

 


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