#FFFC 75 — Virtualicide

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I met him at the all-inclusive dude ranch resort during my 30-day free trial membership in the virtual reality platform. He was everything I was looking for in a cowboy and we made plans to go out riding the next day. I rode a golden palomino and he rode an Arabian stallion out through the gates and into the badlands.

We rode until the ranch was out of sight. He asked if I wanted to stop and rest near the river, and I said yes. He pulled a picnic basket out of the stallion’s saddlebag and we ate, then laughed and kissed on a blue-checkered blanket . The horses nibbled sagebrush. We took our boots off and waded along the water’s edge.

A bird’s call above made me look up. It was then that he chose to club me with a 9-iron and dump me in the river with a large rock tucked into my woven wool belted poncho.

I canceled the membership before my 30 days were up.

FFFC

Fandango is the host of Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    I hate when that happens…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m hoping there are controls in those games to prevent it, but who knows…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. You are lucky that he didn’t whack you with his driver.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jim, I’m still at the bottom of the river in my poncho.

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      1. When does the virtual reality end?

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Good question. Maybe that’s where we go when we die. I just hope it doesn’t end at the end.

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  3. Carol anne says:

    Wow! I never saw that ending coming! Loved it! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I didn’t either! 😉

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  4. Sadje says:

    What a cheater! Glad he was unsuccessful.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. calmkate says:

    oh my what an imagination you have … I’d cancel the subscription too!

    Very creative writing and gave us a giggle … but still never an excuse for violence at any level.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed, Kate. Our species seems to have violence programmed into it, I’m sorry to say.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Fandango says:

    Yikes. I think I’ll stay away from virtual reality games after reading this!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Good idea, Fandango. Real life is much better.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Fandango says:

        Yes it is, Li!

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  7. judeitakali says:

    But but.. you shattered the peaceful glass through which I was reading this. But you did it exquisitely nonetheless. Beautiful writing Jade

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Jude, this is a virtual community but this place is safe from that mess. Thank you for reading and commenting ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  8. memadtwo says:

    Good idea! (K)

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  9. Sounds like an episode of West World. Frightening stuff, JadeLi.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is, very frightening to me.

      Like

  10. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Well… That turned dark really fast!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      And that’s how it happens.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        It sure is in a lot of cases. I like when that comes out of the blue and a story. I don’t think I would like in real life though but it happens

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