Unlocked

By Melissa Meyer

Reluctantly, he handed over the key to the treasure chest. She outranked him. Though he could use the points, hopefully this move would help unlock the next achievement.

He was fascinated by her. They’ve been playing LifeGame for months, and he still only knew her username. He was ready to take off the goggles and meet her.

The park was the same except its neon, virtual hues. Non-players appeared as themselves, but players appeared as their avatars.

He asked. She agreed.

They removed their goggles. She was just as stunning as her avatar. He was not. Achievement unlocked. Heart, shattered.

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