This story was inspired by the events surrounding COVID-19.
WHEN PASSION IS OUTLAWED, LOVE WILL BE WEAPONIZED.
On alternate-history Earth, society is divided into two groups.
The Synths a.k.a. the "Angels": lifelike androids with human consciousness; beautiful, rational and benevolent.
The Skins: ordinary humans who, either by choice or by necessity, don't have artificial bodies.
In this different yet all too familiar world, human connection is rapidly diminishing. The invasion of a mysterious new virus will change everything and everyone.
Archer "Archie" Anteros Cortez is a Synth living a comfortable, albeit boring, life in a condominium tower. Normally devoid of emotion, he tries his hand at keeping an analog journal. With every entry he pens, recording current events, his fling with a Synth debugger, and his interactions with a young Skin girl who seeks sanctuary in his condo unit, he finds his consciousness widening.
Archie's perfect little world and the entire world beyond it are about to be turned upside-down. A virulent, highly communicable virus called the Novel Choreavirus has risen from its icy grave in the permafrost. On Skins, it causes psychosis and a violent death. On Synths, the effects are rarer but also documented: irrational behavior linked to the vestigial emotion of eros.
To contain the pandemic, lockdowns and social distancing are imposed in countries around the world. In the Philippines, the Greater Intramuros Area reactivates the flood walls, effectively locking out most of the Skins.
- Prologue: The Shape of the Human Soul
- PART 1: OUTBREAK
- Chapter 1: Temporary Insomnity
- Chapter 2: Time Through Synth Eyes
- Chapter 3: Funeral for a Friend
- Chapter 4: A Visit to the Dreamcatcher's
- Chapter 5: Farewell
- Chapter 6: Cold Valentine's
- Chapter 7: A Trip to the Capital
- Chapter 8: A Surprise Guest
- Chapter 9: The Eye of the Storm
- Chapter 10: The Surgical Chainsaw
- PART 2: TRANSMISSION
- Chapter 11: The Death of Decency
- Chapter 12: Who Broke the World?
- Chapter 13: The Pasaway
- Chapter 14: Exposure
- Chapter 15: Dark Déjà Vu
- Chapter 16: God's Secretary
- Chapter 17: Breaking the Fast
- Chapter 18: Lethal at Night, Lethal in Daylight
- Chapter 19: Outlaws for Love
- Chapter 20: Recycled Cooking Oil
- PART 3: CURE
- Chapter 21: Lockdown Heist
- Chapter 22: The Diagnosis
- Chapter 23: Immunity / Impunity
- Chapter 24: The Solution
- Chapter 25: The Meat Locker
- Chapter 26: The Angel Factory
- Chapter 27: The Aftermath
- Epilogue: Archer's Virus