Living the Game
A Simon Minter "Virtual Reality" AU:
"Listen to me. Calm down. It's a just game, Kairos. I was given a quest."
"Who cares if this is game for you? This is our life! Do you know how long we've been waiting?"
'Second Reality' is a wonder of technology. Being able to transport yourself to a brilliant, high graphic fantasy world from inside your living room? Amazing.
And the artificial intelligence? Brilliantly crafted. They are able to hold intelligent conversations with you, run shops, talk among each other, etc. They mimic human life perfectly. You can even send them on tasks, for a price.
But what happens when those AIs don't come back from the tasks? Do they die? Do they re-spawn? Or do they live forever in a world of broken, coded lines?
Disclaimer: This contains cursing, innuendos, and violence. Read with caution.
Note: You do not have to be a fan of the Sidemen to enjoy this story.
Credit to @Ms_Book_Worm for making me this beautiful cover.