A journalist risks her career and her heart when she helps an incarcerated tech geek survive a real-life World of Warcraft game as he attempts to earn his freedom. ***** Mercy Nightingale is a journalist for the redemption fields, reporting the good, the bad, and the carnage. She hates the carnage, but she loves her job, and she does her best to humanize a mostly inhumane practice. JJ Warner is Mercy's next assignment, and this so-called cyber threat has enough ties to the matrix to get him fifty years. On the heels of a catastrophic cyber war, he is the enemy. But Mercy's sympathy kicks-in when she realizes JJ isn't a bad guy. He was arrested to catch a bigger fish, a hacker named Eon. While JJ battles AI monsters, navigates booby-trapped labyrinths, and decodes cryptic messages to save his butt, Mercy goes beyond the call of entertainment journalism to discover two life-changing truths; she is falling in love with JJ, and humans have unwittingly joined a game designed to end only when man becomes one with the machine. CONTENT WARNING: F-bombs get dropped in this story, among other expletives. And when you see this * content warning * at the start of a chapter, it was put there to warn readers of sexual content. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: This work is owned by the author. Please do not attempt to plagiarize or you might end up trapped in the matrix. IN OTHER WORDS: If you find this story on any online platform other than WATTPAD, I did not allow this. You may also be exposing yourself to malware. If you wish to read this story in its original, safe form, do it here on WATTPAD.