Dying Happy


Sanders looked at the body. “Another one?”

Myers nodded. “Looks like it.”

“Who found her?”

“Roommate. Heard having-a-great-time noises, then nothing. Got worried after she didn’t answer knocks on the door and came in to check.”

“Doctor seen her?”

“Pronounced her dead. Guessed heart failure, but wouldn’t commit without post mortem results.”

Sanders looked the body up and down. “Only the helmet been taken off?”

“Yeah.” Myers frowned. “How can you die in a VR experience suit?”

“What sim was she running?”

“Hot Lesbian Threesome, the same as the first dead girl. The techs will look into it.”

Sanders knelt. “Link’s active. Probably in multiplayer mode.”

Myers pursed his lips. “An immersive VR lesbian sex scene, using all the add-ons.” He pointed to the panels over the girl’s breasts and pubic area. “Having an amazing time, then just died.”

“These sims are supposed to be incredible.”

“Something about the AI. Gives you more of what you like.”

“No biometric safety cut-off?”

“Nope.” Myers put his notebook away. “Only seen two bodies with a smile on their face, both today.”

Sanders looked at his phone. “Shit, might have found the third player.”

“At least it wasn’t a foursome sim.”

© 2016 Ian D Smith. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.

About the Author Ian Smith

I’m a professional scientist with a career spent primarily in health care. I live in the south-west of England with my wife and our modest menagerie, currently two horses, two dogs and three guinea pigs. My wife wants to keep chickens too.

My career has involved writing really exciting and stimulating scientific papers, technical reports and dissertations… Okay, important and worthwhile, but not “me”. I started writing general interest factual articles and features, as well as preparing and giving public talks. These allow my butterfly mind and insatiable curiosity to go off and play nicely together.

Then my curiosity turned towards fiction. My first efforts were dire, of course, but I hope I’m starting to get the idea a bit now. I’ve had several short stories published in anthologies, as well as three novellas. Supportive and encouraging feedback from other contributors to the ERWA “storytime” mailing list has been a huge help.

I’ve always read for relaxation and now I write as a creative hobby. I hope some readers enjoy my efforts.

Joining in the Sunday “flashers” with ERWA has been great fun and exposed me to a wide variety of work by other authors. Their examples and feedback continually help my writing to develop. I felt very flattered when approached about taking a turn as the flasher gallery editor.

And yes, I’d rather like to keep chickens too. Just a bit tricky in a small urban garden with two hyperactive terriers…

My third novella, “From The Top (Merely Players 3)” has just been published by Fireborn.

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